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    ATHENS-----University of Georgia All-American Aaron Schunk has been named the 2019 John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year, the College Baseball Foundation announced Thursday.   “In the end, we felt that Aaron’s impact on the mound, where he factored in the decision in 15 of his 17 appearances, his steady bat and his outstanding play at third base put him just a tick above the others,” said George Watson, chairman of the Olerud Award selection committee. “Plus his ability to positively affect the lives of others off the field makes him the perfect example of what the Olerud Award is all about. We are excited to see what the future holds for him.”   A second-round draft pick by the Colorado Rockies in last week’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, Schunk helped lead the Bulldogs to a No. 4 National Seed in the NCAA Tournament and a final record of 46-17. He became the first Bulldog in nine years to capture the “Triple Crown,” leading the team with a .339 average, 15 home runs and 58 RBI. On the mound, he tallied 12 saves to go with a 1-2 record and a 2.49 ERA in 17 appearances. Earlier this week, Schunk was named a first team All-American as a utility player by Baseball America along with other multiple All-America and All-Region squads by various outlets. Additionally, Schunk is a Dean’s List student and a three-year member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. He earned a spot on the 2019 SEC Community Service Team. Schunk signed a professional contract with the Rockies earlier this week.   “We are honored that Aaron has been selected as this year's John Olerud Award winner,” said Georgia’s Ike Cousins head baseball coach Scott Stricklin. “It's a tremendous accomplishment for him and well-deserved. He's been an outstanding representative of the Georgia baseball program on and off the field throughout his career.”    The John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award is named for the former Washington State University standout who achieved success both as a first baseman and left-handed pitcher during the late 1980s and who was inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007. The College Baseball Foundation (CBF) will present Schunk the 2019 award later this year. The other finalists this year were Will Mattiessen (Stanford), Alec Burleson (East Carolina), Tristin English (Ga. Tech) and Davis Sharpe (Clemson).   Schunk is the first Bulldog to win the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award. Previous winners of the award include Mike McGee (2010-FSU); Danny Hultzen (2011-Virginia), Brian Johnson (2012-Florida), Marco Gonzales (2013-Gonzaga), A.J. Reed (2014-Kentucky), Brendan McKay (2015-17-Louisville) and Brooks Wilson (2018-Stetson). For more information on the CBF’s John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award, visit www.collegebaseballhall.org.
  • ATHENS-----University of Georgia third baseman/closer Aaron Schunk and pitcher Emerson Hancock have been named All-Americans by Baseball America, it was announced Monday. Schunk, a 6-2, 205-pound native of Atlanta, Ga., earned First Team All-America honors as a utility player. He served as the starting third baseman and closer for the Bulldogs in 2019. The Colorado Rockies selected Schunk in the second round (62ndoverall) of Major League Baseball’s draft last Monday. He is a finalist for the John Olerud Award, given to the nation’s top two-way player by the College Baseball Foundation. The winner will be announced later this month. Schunk is the first Bulldog to be named a First Team All-American since first baseman Rich Poythress in 2009. Last year, Schunk and Keegan McGovern were selected to numerous Third Team All-America squads. Schunk became the first Bulldog in nine years to earn the “Triple Crown,” leading the team in batting (.339), home runs (15) and RBI (58). Outfielder Zach Cone was the last Bulldog to do that in 2010 (.363-10-53). Additionally, Schunk posted 12 saves to go with a 1-2 mark and a 2.49 ERA in 17 appearances. In his Bulldog career, Schunk started 153 games and tallied a .312 batting average with 30 doubles, 19 home runs and 114 RBI plus 20 saves, a 3-4 record and a 2.79 ERA in 38 relief outings. A three-year member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll as a psychology major, he was named to the 2019 SEC Community Service Team too. Schunk was a third team All-America selection by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association in 2018. Hancock, a 6-4, 215-pound right-hander from Cairo, Ga., went 8-3 with a 1.99 ERA in 14 starts as a sophomore this past season to make Baseball America’s Second Team. In 90.1 innings, Hancock registered 97 strikeouts and only 18 walks while holding the opposition to a .185 batting average. Hancock’s 1.99 ERA was the eighth best in school history and lowest by a Bulldog starter since 1977 (Chuck Fore, 1.67). He is a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, majoring in Management. Currently, Hancock is on the 24-man USA Baseball Collegiate National Team (CNT) summer roster. He was a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Trophy. Earlier this month, he was named a second team All-American by Collegiate Baseball.  Hancock headlines a talented Bulldog squad that returns 11 pitchers and six starting position players in 2020. The 2019 Georgia team earned a No. 4 National Seed and reached the NCAA Athens Regional Final with a 46-17 record. They posted a school record 21-9 mark in Southeastern Conference action. Georgia was nationally ranked among the top 10 for much of the season. Final top 25 rankings will be released at the end of June following the conclusion of the College World Series. 
  • ATHENS-----University of Georgia pitchers Emerson Hancock and Cole Wilcox have been invited to the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team (CNT) summer training camp. Hancock, a 6-4, 215-pound right-hander from Cairo, Ga., is on the 24-man USA CNT roster. He was a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Trophy. A First Team All-Southeastern Conference selection as a sophomore, he went 8-3 with a 1.99 ERA in 14 starts this past season. In 90.1 innings, Hancock registered 97 strikeouts and only 18 walks while holding the opposition to a .185 batting average. Hancock’s 1.99 ERA was the eighth best in school history and lowest by a Bulldog starter since 1977 (Chuck Fore, 1.67). In SEC action, Hancock went 4-2 with a 1.69 ERA in eight starts. Also, he was named a second team All-American by Collegiate Baseball. Wilcox, a 6-5, 232-pound right-hander from Chickamauga, Ga., earned SEC All-Freshman honors after going 3-2 with a 4.07 ERA in 11 appearances including three starts. In 59.2 innings, he struck out 64 with 38 walks. In SEC play, Wilcox posted a 3-1 mark and a 2.57 ERA. As a freshman, Wilcox will be on the training camp roster with the aim of making the 26-man squad and ultimately the final 24-man team. The 2019 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will participate in series of four intrasquad exhibition games later this month and a contest against the Coastal Plain League Select squad before announcing a 26-man roster. Then, the team will play Cuba in an International Friendship Series that will take place July 2-6 in Cary, Charlotte, Durham and Hickory, North Carolina. Team USA's 26-man roster will then travel to Taiwan for the 19th USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series after which USA Baseball will announce a final 24-man roster to compete in the 43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series from July 16-21 in Japan. The Bulldogs (46-17) earned a National No. 4 seed for the 2019 NCAA Championships and advanced to the NCAA Athens Regional Final. Hancock and Wilcox were part of a staff that set school records for most strikeouts (601) and lowest opponent’s batting average (.200) plus posted the second-best ERA in school history at 3.24 and the second fewest runs allowed (235). They are the first Bulldogs to be invited to a USA CNT summer camp since shortstop Cam Shepherd in 2017. The Bulldogs who toured with the USA Summer Team include pitcher Cris Carpenter (1987), pitcher Dave Fleming (1989), pitcher Brian Powell (1994), catcher Clint Sammons (2002), shortstop Kyle Farmer (2012) and pitcher Robert Tyler (2015). Hancock and Wilcox are projected first round draft picks in the 2020 MLB Draft next June.
  • Just like that, it’s over for both Georgia and Georgia Tech in the NCAA baseball tournament.  Facing an uphill climb needing to win two games each on Sunday in order to get to regional final games on Monday, both the Bulldogs and Yellow Jackets lost their evening matchups – resulting in their exits from the tournament.  And it happened on their home fields. Tech was a national #3 seed, while UGA was a #4 – both schools hosting regional weekends.  In Atlanta, the Yellow Jackets fell into the losers bracket out of a Saturday loss to Auburn. After a Sunday afternoon win over Coastal Carolina, Tech lost to Auburn a second time in the double-elimination format, 4-1 Sunday night.  Over in Athens, the Bulldogs also fell into the losers bracket out of Saturday’s loss to Florida State. Georgia followed a Sunday afternoon win over Florida Atlantic with a 10-1 loss in a rematch with Florida State by evening. Just last season, Georgia also got bounced from their own regional in Athens.
  • The Bulldogs and Yellow Jackets have set themselves up for a long day of baseball Sunday. Both schools won must-win afternoon games, and will play again Sunday night.  Georgia, hosting their regional in Athens, defeated Florida Atlantic 13-0 in a losers bracket game. The Bulldogs will now face Florida State again at 6 p.m. The Seminoles beat Georgia Saturday. If the Bulldogs win Sunday night, they would have to beat FSU once more Monday to determine the regional winner. In Atlanta on Georgia Tech’s home field, the Yellow Jackets came back Sunday afternoon to top Coastal Carolina 10-8. Tech now rematches with Auburn at 6 p.m., who beat them Saturday. Like Georgia, Tech must win Sunday, then again Monday to win the regional. 
  • ATHENS-----Georgia will play host to North Georgia in a free exhibition at Foley Field this Sunday at 2 p.m.   This year, the NCAA is allowing schools to play two fall games, and the Bulldogs will face the Nighthawks on Sept. 30 and UNC-Asheville on Oct. 14. Both exhibitions at Foley Field will begin at 2 p.m. with free admission.   Seating at Foley Field for the exhibitions will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Restrooms will be open, however the concession stands will be closed. Fans can bring in snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. The games likely will last 14 innings to try and get everyone a bit of playing time. Also, fans will have a chance to catch Georgia t-shirts and beanie babies that the Diamond Darlings will be tossing to the crowd during the exhibition.   Georgia is in its sixth year under Ike Cousins head baseball coach Scott Stricklin. Georgia’s fall roster features 39 players including 10 newcomers. The Bulldogs welcome back 25 returning lettermen including seven starting position players and several key components of the pitching staff. The 2018 Bulldogs earned a final top 20 national ranking after going 39-21 including 18-12 in the Southeastern Conference. Georgia was a national No. 8 seed and played host to an NCAA Regional where it reached the final to cap its finest year in a decade.   Georgia’s All-American two-way standout Aaron Schunk (3B/RHP), freshman All-Americans C.J. Smith (LHP/OF) and Mason Meadows (C) plus second team All-SEC first baseman Adam Sasser are back. Also, Cam Shepherd returns after setting a school record for fielding percentage by a shortstop (.980). Georgia’s starting pitcher Sunday will be junior right-hander Tony Locey and up to 12 Bulldogs are scheduled to see action on the mound.   “You answer a lot of questions in the fall, and I know we are excited about this fall and the upcoming season,” said Stricklin. “We’re going to make the exhibitions as game-like as possible. We’re able to play more than nine innings so we could have players re-enter during the game too.”   North Georgia is coached Tom Cantrell who is in his 20th season. The Nighthawks posted a 31-22 record last season including 17-13 in the Peach Belt Conference. A couple of top returnees on the mound are sophomores Cade Heil (6-8, 4.45 ERA) and closer Parker Morrison (4-2, 2.01 ERA, 10 Saves). Junior catcher Andres Perez blasted 23 home runs with 68 RBI and a .330 batting average last season to headline the returnees on offense.   Georgia will conclude practice with the annual Fall Red and Black World Series slated for Nov. 1-3. Those three scrimmages will be free and open to the public. The 2019 season begins Feb. 15 with a three-game series against Dayton at Foley Field.
  • From UGA Sports Communications MACON---- Mercer shortstop Matt Meeder delivered an RBI-single in the bottom of the ninth for a 6-5 win over Georgia Tuesday in front of a capacity crowd of 2,417 at OrthoGeorgia Park.  The Bears (4-0) and Bulldogs (1-3) combined to hit six home runs on the evening as the home team fought back from an early 4-1 deficit.  Trailing 4-3 in the seventh, Mercer centerfielder Alex Hanson smacked a two-run home run to give the Bears their first lead. However, the Bulldogs tied it in the eighth on a wild pitch.  After working a quick eighth with a pair of strikeouts, freshman Zac Kristofak issued a leadoff walk to Danny Edgeworth in the ninth. The Bears executed a bunt to move him into scoring position. After an intentional walk, Georgia turned to freshman Aaron Schunk to face Meeder who lined a single to centerfield for the game-winner. Mercer reliever Nick Spear got the win to move his record to 2-0 while Kristofak fell to 0-1.  Georgia got home runs from freshmen Will Proctor and Tucker Maxwell while sophomore catcher Michael Curry hit his second home run of the year, a two-run shot as those swings accounted for four of Georgia’s runs.    Dawg Tracks                                     *Freshman Will Proctor got the scoring started with his first career home run. Proctor’s solo shot came in the 2nd after Mercer starter Austin Cox had struck out six of the first eight Bulldogs he faced.  In the fifth, freshman Tucker Maxwell notched his first career home run for a 4-1 lead.   *Sophomore Michael Curry blasted his second home run of the year and 13th of his career for a 3-0 lead in the fourth.   *Senior left-hander Andrew Gist started and tied his career-high with six strikeouts in only 4.2 innings. He did not factor in the decision.   Coach’s Corner Ike Cousins Head Baseball Coach Scott Stricklin On Georgia's performance:  'I feel bad for the team because they played well tonight and didn’t get the win, but when you play on the road, you have to play better than the home team, and Mercer played a little bit better. We’ll practice Wednesday and then get ready to go on the road against another quality opponent in Georgia Southern. It will start bouncing our way. We’ve turned the page from our first two games and we’ve definitely played better in these last two games.”    Up Next Georgia heads to Statesboro later this week for a three-game series with Ga. Southern  starting Friday at 6:30 p.m. (ESPN3)   Follow the Dawgs For the latest on Georgia Baseball, follow the team on Twitter (@baseballUGA), Instragram (@baseballuga) and Facebook (GeorgiaBaseball).
  • From UGA Sports Communications ATHENS, Georgia – The Georgia bats drove the Bulldogs (1-2) to a 9-8 victory over College of Charleston (2-1) in the finale of a three-game set at Foley Field on Sunday.  Junior left fielder Keegan McGovern led the Georgia bats going 3-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and three runs scored. Freshman third baseman Aaron Schunk joined with five RBI of his own on three hits.  The top of the ninth inning featured McGovern’s arm on defense, as the junior left fielder relayed in Bradley Dixon’s single to shortstop Cam Shepherd, who rifled it home to catcher Austin Biggar to save the tying run from scoring.  In his Georgia debut, junior starter Chase Adkins collected five innings of seven-strikeout work. In relief, the Bulldogs relied on Zac Kristofak, who surrendered no runs of his own, and Blake Cairnes, who gave up one run with two strikeouts. In the ninth inning, the Cougars had the tying run at third with one out, and freshman Tucker Bradley struck out Joey Mundy. Freshman Christian Ryder made his debut and struck out Danny Wondrack looking with the save.  College of Charleston struck first with one run, but in the bottom of the frame, Georgia secured a 4-1 lead with five consecutive hits. Sophomore Adam Sasser and McGovern corralled back-to-back singles, followed by a Biggar three-run home run, the first of his college career. After LJ Talley doubled to center field, Schunk drove him in from second with an RBI single. The Cougars Mundy homered in the top of the fourth, but the Bulldogs extended their margin to 6-2 in the bottom half of the inning. Two walks and a Talley sacrifice bunt set up a double for Schunk, whose right center blast scored McGovern and Biggar.  With four hits, College of Charleston pushed three runs across in the top of the sixth. In response, Georgia used two base hits and another Talley sacrifice bunt to coordinate an RBI single for Schunk. McGovern and Biggar both scored to make the score at 8-5.  College of Charleston scored two in the eighth and one in the ninth, but a McGovern double drove in Campbell to tack on the ninth insurance run.   Dawg Tracks: *Freshman catcher Austin Biggar went 4-for-7 in his first two collegiate games, including a three-run home run. *Sophomore first baseman Adam Sasser batted 6-for-9 (.667) with a walk on the weekend, collecting two home runs and a double.   Coach’s Corner   On the weekend:  'We really needed to get that win. We didn't play very well Friday or Saturday and we needed a big start out of Chase and he gave it to us and a lot of guys contributed and a lot of guys really competed and had good at bats. The bullpen wasn't as clean as we would've liked it to have been but I thought some guys threw the ball well. But more than anything we really needed that win. We all felt it coming into today and when you don't play the way you want to play opening weekend everyone gets a little nervous. Players and coaches aren't immune to that so we had a pretty good talk last night after the game and made sure everyone had their heads on straight today and were ready to play. I thought our kids really competed.'   On going forward: 'I think we've got a chance to be a really good team but we have to stay patient and keep working to get to where we want to be.'    Player’s Perspective   Junior pitcher Chase Adkins On closing the series with a win: “It was very important. There are a bunch of young guys on the team, so happy to get their feet wet. Everyone knows that a win in Athens is always good.”   “Coming in we need they were a good hitting team. We learned that they could hit fastballs. Just trust your offspeed, trust your process, trust yourself.”   On the ninth inning performance: “Christian Ryder to close it out, that’s awesome. A freshman, first opportunity. You need to expect that, and he’ll do that the rest of the way. Just a great win.”   Up Next Georgia heads to Mercer on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. game.  
  • From UGA Sports Communications ATHENS----- Georgia’s rotation for its opening series will feature sophomore Kevin Smith, freshman Tony Locey and junior Chase Adkins, Ike Cousins head baseball coach Scott Stricklin announced Wednesday.  Smith, a 6-5, 215-pound lefthander from Dunwoody, draws the Opening Day start this Friday against College of Charleston. The Cougars will counter with 6-8, 215-pound junior right-hander Bailey Ober. Smith went 5-1 with a 3.91 ERA last season for the Bulldogs while Ober registered a 7-4 mark and 3.53 ERA for the Cougars. Smith made 13 appearances in 2016 with seven starts, compiling 40 strikeouts and 21 walks in 46 innings. Ober opted to return this year after getting drafted in the 23rd round last year by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He tallied 15 starts and struck out 96 with 27 walks in 97 innings. Friday’s season-opener at Foley Field will begin at 5:02 p.m.  Locey, a 6-3, 234-pound right-hander from Columbus, gets the start Saturday in game two of the series. Rawlings/Perfect Game rated him the top prep pitcher in Georgia in 2016, and he earned First Team All-America honors. He helped Houston County to a state title, going 9-4 with a 2.04 ERA and 120 strikeouts in 77 innings. The Cougars will start junior right-hander Carter Love (3-2, 2.87 ERA). He made 23 relief appearances last year and struck out 34 with 17 walks in 37.2 innings.  Adkins, a 5-11, 173-pound right-hander from Powder Springs, will start Sunday. He is in his first season with the Bulldogs. He spent two years at Coastal Carolina and then led Chattahoochee Valley Community College to the 2016 NJCAA World Series.  Last year, he went 8-2 with a conference-best 1.81 ERA including five complete games and three shutouts as the Pirates finished 52-13. In 79.2 innings, Adkins posted 82 strikeouts and only 10 walks.  “It was close between Kevin and Chase for the Friday spot, and we liked Tony for the Saturday role so whoever didn’t start Friday was going to be our Sunday starter,” Stricklin said. “Kevin gained valuable experience last year as a freshman, and he’s looked good the last three weeks leading up to this season. Chase has done well too, and he was disappointed when he got the news about going Sunday instead of Friday. We told him to pitch with that chip on his shoulder. All three guys will play important roles for us in each series.”  Georgia’s top returning hitters include junior outfielder Keegan McGovern and catcher Michael Curry, and they have been named the team captains for 2017.McGovern, an Academic All-SEC selection, started all 57 games in left field last year and led the team with 35 RBI and 35 walks. He had a perfect fielding percentage in 100 total chances with four assists. Curry, a Freshman All-America by Collegiate Baseball and Perfect Game in 2016, made 50 starts including 43 at catcher. He hit a team best 11 home runs and earned Freshman All-SEC distinction and a spot on the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll. Curry and McGovern along with junior college transfer Will Campbell (OF) will likely hit in the middle of the order for the Bulldogs this season.  The Bulldogs have a large contingent of talented freshmen, and they will contribute heavily in 2017. The left side of the infield will likely consist of Cam Shepherd at shortstop and Aaron Schunk at third base plus Will Proctor would be at second base if sophomore LJ Talley, who started 50 games there last year, gets the nod at first base over sophomores Adam Sasser and Patrick Sullivan. In the outfield, look for freshman Tucker Maxwell in centerfield while freshman Tucker Bradley is projected to split time between right field and designated hitter. Maxwell and Bradley should alternate hitting in the leadoff and No. 9 spot in the order. Also, freshman Austin Biggar will help share the load at catcher. Juniors Mitchell Webb (3B/OF), Trey Logan (SS/2B) and sophomore Logan Moody (OF), should see a fair amount of action as well. Overall, Georgia has 18 newcomers among its 35-man roster.  Stricklin enters his fourth season at the helm. The Bulldogs are 3-0 all-time against the Cougars. In a preseason poll, Southeastern Conference (SEC) coaches picked Georgia to finish fourth in the Eastern Division behind nationally ranked Florida, South Carolina and Vanderbilt. The Gators were picked to win the division while LSU was deemed the favorite in the West, according to the league coaches. Also, Florida and LSU got six votes each while the Gamecocks received two in their projection of the SEC Champion.   Pitching Matchups For The Series Friday at 5:02 pm:  Kevin Smith (5-1, 3.91 in 2016), LHP, So. vs. Bailey Ober (7-4, 3.53 in 2016), RHP, RJr. Saturday at 1:02 pm: Tony Locey, RHP, Fr. vs. Carter Love (3-2, 2.87 in 2016), RHP, Jr. Sunday at 1:02 pm: Chase Adkins, RHP, Jr. Transfer vs. TBA   Foley Field Ticket Information * Ticket Booth and Gates open two hours before first pitch. * Reserved Seat Tickets: $8; General Admission Tickets: $5; Order online or by calling 1-877-542-1231 * UGA Student Tickets: Free Admission with valid UGA Student ID Card * UGA Student Gate is located off Rutherford Street   Promotions For The College of Charleston Series * First 1,000 Fans on Friday Receive a Free Schedule Magnet * First 750 Fans on Friday Receive a Free “Opening Day” T-shirt * SUNDAY * Anthem Buddies: Kids 12 and under are invited to stand with their favorite player during the National Anthem * Kids run the bases and play catch in the outfield following the game * Post-Game Autographs   Television/Radio TV: SEC Network+: Friday (simulcast); Saturday (Kaleb Frady, Jason Jacobs); No TV for Sunday Radio: Georgia Bulldog Sports Network from IMG College (Jeff Dantzler/David Johnston) Stations: 960 AM-WRFC and selected affiliates (check your local listings), georgiadogs.com and via the Georgia Bulldogs app and TuneIn app. Additional Coverage on Twitter: @BaseballUGA
  • From UGA Sports Communications ATHENS-----A handful of Georgia Bulldogs along with members of the most recent recruiting class are turning their attention to the 2016 Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player draft, slated for June 9-11.Annually, the Bulldogs have a handful of players and signees who will have a decision to make regarding their baseball future. Georgia has a string of 43 straight seasons with a least one player signing a professional contract. In 2015, seven Bulldogs were drafted and began their professional career.Georgia junior right-hander Robert Tyler is ranked No. 25 among the top 100 prospects for the draft, according to MLB.com. Tyler was a strong Bulldog commitment out of Crisp County High School in Cordele in 2013 when the Baltimore Orioles drafted him in the 28th round. After three seasons at Georgia, the 6-4, 226-pounder now is projected to be a first round selection. Tyler went 3-5 with a 4.10 ERA in 14 starts for the Bulldogs in 2016, registering 89 strikeouts in 74.2 innings. In his career, he is 10-10 with a 3.62 ERA and 182 strikeouts in 179 innings. The last Bulldog pitcher to be selected in the first round was right-hander Josh Fields in 2008, 20th overall to Seattle. Currently, Fields pitches in the Houston Astros organization.Offensively, Georgia’s highest rated professional prospect for the 2016 MLB draft is junior outfielder and three-year starter Stephen Wrenn. A native of Marietta and product of Walton High School, the 6-2, 185-pound right-handed hitter is projected to go in the first three to five rounds as the No. 132 player on the MLB.com list. Wrenn was a 28th round selection of the Atlanta Braves in 2013, and like Tyler, has developed during his three seasons of wearing the red and black. He has started 162 games in centerfield for the Bulldogs and posted a .292 career batting average with 13 doubles, eight triples, 13 home runs, 74 RBI and 56 stolen bases. He has tallied 463 putouts, 10 assists and only three errors for a career fielding percentage of .994.The first round of the draft will be televised live on MLB Network starting Thursday at 7 p.m. The first night will feature the first two rounds, and the supplemental rounds that follow. The second day of the draft starts at 1 p.m. on Friday and will cover rounds three-10, and Saturday's final day will begin at noon and will include rounds 11-40. All the selections can be followed on MLB.com. The signing deadline for underclassmen and high school seniors selected in the First-Year Player draft is July 15.