Georgia Tech shortstop Luke Waddell (Aaron Fitt)


Top 25 Breakdown: No. 19 Georgia Tech

Season Preview

2019 Record: 43-19. RPI: 8.
Coach (Record at school):
Danny Hall (1,062-551, 26 seasons)
Ballpark: Russ Chandler Stadium (4,157)
Postseason History: 32 regionals (active streak: 1), 3 CWS trips (last in 2006)
More: Fall Report on Georgia Tech
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Georgia Tech's Projected Lineup

CJake Holland, Fr.HS — Montverde, Fla.
1BDrew Compton, Fr.HS — Berkeley Heights, N.J.
2BAustin Wilhite, Sr..266/.366/.34913212
3BJackson Webb, Sr..312/.437/.40811913
SSLuke Waddell, Jr..322/.436/.4162347
LFMichael Guldberg, Jr..355/.441/.4162347
CFColin Hall, Jr..307/.363/.4324414
RFBaron Radcliff, Jr..257/.403/.50312446
DHAndrew Jenkins, Fr.HS — Atlanta
SP #1Jonathan Hughes, Sr.9-25.095348230
SP #2Cort Roedig, So.2-24.884847240
SP #3Luke Bartnicki, So.2-26.4032.132210
CloserZach Maxwell, Fr.HS — Dallas, Ga.

Grading The Yellow Jackets

Just as scouts grade prospects using the 20-80 scouting scale, we use a 20-80 scale to evaluate teams in our top 25. A score of 50 in each category is average, relative to a typical NCAA tournament team; 55 is slightly above-average; 60 is above-average (plus); 70 is well above-average (plus-plus); 80 is top of the scale, historically strong. Accordingly, 45 is fringe-average or slightly below-average; 40 is below-average; 30 is well below-average; and 20 is the extreme in that direction.

Hitting: 60

Georgia Tech’s Michael Guldberg (GT photo)

Georgia Tech led the ACC in batting and ranked third in the conference and 16th in the nation in scoring last year, but it must replace a pair of All-Americans in Kyle McCann and Tristin English plus a .300-plus hitter in Nick Wilhite. Still, there’s a core of very advanced veteran hitters returning, and one of the nation’s very best groups of freshman position players provides reinforcements. Waddell is the straw that stirs the drink for this team; he’s one of the best table-setters …

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