Former Etowah High School star Drew Waters will get the chance to test himself against big league talent next month after receiving an invite to the Atlanta Braves’ major league camp earlier this week.
Waters is one of 20 non-roster invitees set to join the rest of the team as position players report Feb. 20 to the Braves’ complex in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
Ty Cohen garners SSC Pitcher of the Week
Gipson-Long Tosses One-Hitter
Sophomore right-hander Sawyer Gipson-Long came two outs away from tossing the first no-hitter in program history as he delivered a complete-game one-hitter to lead Mercer to a 10-1 win over Savannah State at OrthoGeorgia Park on Wednesday night.
With one out in the top of the ninth inning, Savannah State's Freddie Landers blooped a single just over shortstop RJ Yeager's outstretched glove, giving the Tigers (3-9) their first hit of the contest. Gipson-Long maintained his composure and finished out the game to finalize a career performance.
The Woodstock, Ga., native finished with a career-high 10 strikeouts while allowing one unearned run on one hit and three walks.
JT Thomas added to Johnny Bench Award Watch List
Mercer senior catcher JT Thomas was named to the watch list for the 2018 Johnny Bench Award, which is given annually to the top catcher in NCAA Division I baseball.
Drew Waters drafted by Atlanta Braves
Drew was drafted as the 41st overall pick by the Atlanta Braves in the second round of the MLB draft. He started his career in mid June in the Gulf Coast League in Orlando, Florida. In late July, Drew was promoted to High Rookie ball in Danville, VA. He is hopeful that he will play A ball in Rome next Spring. He is currently training in Atlanta until he reports to Spring Training in late February.
JT Thomas named All-American Pre-season Collegiate 1st Team
Mercer senior catcher JT Thomas was named to the 2018 Collegiate Baseball Preseason All-America First Team, as announced by the publication Monday afternoon.
Thomas was one of 17 NCAA Division I players to earn All-America First Team honors. He was the only Southern Conference player to be named to Collegiate Baseball's first, second or third team.
Brandon Barker Braves Advanced A Pitcher of the Year!
Saturday, September 19 was a special night for 14 of the top players in the Atlanta Braves’ organization who were invited to Turner Field to be recognized as the club’s Minor League Pitchers and Players of the Year. The group, including players from each level and affiliate of the organization, received a tour of the clubhouse, watched batting practice from the field and mingled with some of the current Braves’ Major Leaguers prior to accepting their awards in a pregame ceremony.
For Woodstock, GA native and Mercer University (Macon, GA) product Brandon Barker, the Pitcher of the Year for Advanced-A Carolina, the night was more than just a chance to reflect on a breakout season, it was the opportunity to live out a childhood dream.
Will Campbell Earns Player of the Week at Chatt Valley!
Will Campbell of Chattahoochee Valley has been named the ACCC Baseball Player of the Week for the week of February 8-14.
Campbell led the Pirates to a 4-0-1 week, while batting .563 with three home runs. He also scored nine runs, and contributed four runs batted in, four walks, and two stolen bases.
Ty Cohen Earns Pitcher of the Week at Florida Tech!
MELBOURNE, Fla. (Baseball) – Ty Cohen certainly lived up to the billing after earning the nod as the Opening Day starter for No. 25 Florida Tech, and on Monday was named the Sunshine State Conference Pitcher of the Week, announced by the league office
JT Thomas Earns Player of the Week at Chatt Valley!
JT Thomas, a catcher from Chattahoochee Valley, has been named the ACCC Baseball Player of the Week for February 29-March 6.