As we head into another great college baseball season in the State of Georgia we are going to lead the way with our selection of the All-Georgia Collegiate Team. These are the best players in the business playing on a college baseball team in Georgia. Georgia is always chalked full of collegiate talent and this years selection process was tough on the committee. The committee selected 5 pitchers, and one position player at each position. So, let's take a look.
Austin Cox 6-3 205 LHP Mercer University JR Macon,GA
Cox is a big lefty with a 92-94 MPH fastball. He's has at least an average MLB breaking ball and good change. Physical appearance is imposing on hitters. The big guy can bring the heat and is a hometown product from Macon, GA
Xavion Curry 5-10 183 RHP Georgia Tech SO Mays High Atlanta,GA
Curry is a very athletic pitcher. He also plays some SS. Curry has a live arm mid 90's fastball. He's a typical undersized quick armed right with a sharp breaking ball. Pure athlete on the mound.
Was the first true freshman to start opening-day for the Yellow Jackets on the mound since Kris Wilson in 1995 ... Made a team-high 15 starts on the mound for the Jackets and threw a team-high 82.2 innings ... Was tied for the team lead with six wins on the year ... Struck out a team-high 74 batters ... Had four quality starts on the season ... Went 6-4 with a 5.23 ERA ... Made his collegiate debut on opening day versus BYU on Feb. 17 ... Earned a win against BYU, striking out five over 5.0 scoreless innings in the 5-3 win (Feb. 17) ... Struck out five more batters over 5.0 innings in the 15-6 win over Youngstown State (Feb. 23) ... Threw 6.0 scoreless innings, striking out seven in the 12-3 home win over Belmont (Mar. 3) ... Pitched 4.0 innings in his ACC debut against Miami on Mar. 10 ... Surrendered just three runs and struck out five over 6.1 innings of work in a 13-3 win at Virginia Tech (April 21) ... Earned the win throwing a season-high 8.0 scoreless innings, while striking out six in Tech's 3-0 shutout win over UIC (April 28) ... Recorded the win in the 14-7 win over No. 8 Virginia (May 18), going 6.0 innings in the ACC victory ... Struck out a career-high eight batters over 6.0 innings in a 5-4 loss to No. 12 Wake Forest at the 2017 ACC Baseball Championship ... Also hit .500 (3-for-6) with three RBIs and a sacrifice bunt at the plate, registering an at bat in four games, including making one start at designated hitter ... Recorded his first career hit, an RBI single against Louisville on April 15.
Kevin Smith 6-5 205 LHP UGA JR Dunwoody High, Dunwoody, GA
Smith will garner the role of Friday night starter for the Dawgs. Typical lhp goes out uses all sides of the plate and works his way through the lineup. Smith will lead a very good Dogs weekend rotation in SEC play this spring.
Appeared in 20 games with 12 starts for a total of 61 innings as team went 25-32 and advanced to the SEC Tournament
*Posted a 5-5 record, 4.87 ERA and two saves with 31 walks and 67 strikeouts
*Closed out the season by going 3-0, 1.89 ERA in final three starts against ranked opponents, featuring No. 4 Kentucky, No. 6 Miss. State and No. 30 South Carolina to help squad clinch spot in the SEC Tournament
*Earned 4-3 win at Ga. Southern (with career-high eight strikeouts in 5.1 innings on Feb. 24
*Sharp relief outing on April 11, two scoreless innings in team’s 5-1 win over Ga. Tech
*Earned first career save with one inning pitched and two strikeouts in a 1-0 shutout of Vanderbilt on Apr. 21
*Notched road win over Ga. Tech to clinch season series on Apr. 25, going four innings and allowed just one run on five hits
*Went 1-0, 3.38 ERA, 1 SV in two appearances including a start to help win series at No. 4 Kentucky in May
*Beat No. 4 Miss. State 4-1 on his birthday, May 13, going seven scoreless innings on three hits with six strikeouts
*Named to the J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Honor Roll
Hunter Gaddis RHP 6-5 202 Soph. Georgia State U. Seqouyah High, Canton, GA
Gaddis appeared on Team USA and was the first GA St. pitcher ever selected for that honor. Big power arm RHP with 93-95 fastball. Gaddis should be the Friday night starter for the Panthers.
Georgia State's top pitcher as a freshman with a 4-4 record and a 3.72 ERA ... Moved into the weekend rotation after earning two wins out of the bullpen ... Led the team with 67 strikeouts, against 19 walks, and 75.0 innings pitched ... Had a .227 average against.
Had a no-hitter through seven innings vs. UT Arlington (3-18-17) before allowing a solo homer to lead off the eighth. Allowed one run on two hits with six strikeouts in 7.2 innings as GSU won 2-1 ... Pitched into the ninth against Troy, when he allowed just two earned runs and four hits with seven strikeouts. Did not allow a hit from the second through the eighth inning ... Before allowing that run to UTA, he pitched 18 consecutive scoreless innings, three shy of the school record ... Also had quality starts in losses to Coastal Carolina (allowed three runs in seven innings) and Arkansas State (allowed one earned run on four hits in 7.1 innings).
Made a relief appearance at App State after a long rain delay and earned the victory with 6.1 innings, allowing two earned runs with six strikeouts ... Allowed two runs on five hits in six innings vs. Little Rock but was not involved in the decision after leaving with a 3-2 lead.
Earned a victory against Western Michigan (2-18-17) in his GSU debut as he came on in the fifth inning and threw three innings, allowing just one run on three hits while striking out four ... Allowed one run in 3.1 innings to pick up the win at Jacksonville (2-26-17) ... Made his first start vs. Northern Kentucky (3-4-17) and pitched four scoreless innings with seven strikeouts but did not figure in the decision ... Pitched seven scoreless innings in a combined shutout of Army (3-11-17). Allowed just four hits and one walk while striking out seven. Did not allow a hit until the fifth inning.
Tony Locey 6-3 234 RHP Soph. UGA, Houston County, Columbus,GA
Locey was a high school All-American and high touted arm coming into college. Mid 90's fastball with big physical frame. He's a classic power arm from the right side and will either go on Saturday's or Sunday for the Dawgs in 2018.
Appeared in 16 games with eight starts and eight relief appearances for a total of 42.1 innings as team went 25-32 and advanced to the SEC Tournament
*Posted a 2-4 record, 6.38 ERA with 37 strikeouts and 31 walks
*Earned first career win with a 7-0 combined shutout at Ga. Southern, going five innings with six strikeouts on Feb. 25
*Part of 2-0 combined shutout of UAB, going six scoreless with six strikeouts on March 4
*Losses came to College of Charleston, Rider, at No. 6 LSU and No. 30 South Carolina
*No decision in a start versus No. 16 Auburn on March 25, went 3.2 innings and allowed just one run but high pitch count
*Made first relief appearance in the Tennessee series in April, going 1.2 scoreless innings with four walks and two strikeouts
*Pitched one scoreless inning of relief at SunTrust Park versus Missouri on April 8 in front of a crowd of 33,025, the second largest in college baseball history
*Sharp in relief outing at No. 4 Kentucky on May 6, going three innings and allowing one run with four strikeouts
*No decision in a start with a pitch count versus Ga. Tech at SunTrust Park in front of a crowd of 23,737 on May 8, tossed four scoreless frames with four strikeouts
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