Three Georgia College players selected in MLB draft, breaking school record
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- Today the Georgia College baseball team set a school record as three Bobcats had their names called in the 2018 MLB draft.
Centerfielder Logan Mattix went in the 25th round to the Houston Astros, first baseman Brandt Stallings went in the 28th round by the Cincinnati Reds, and catcher Brandon Purcell was drafted in the 32nd round by the St. Louis Cardinals.
This seaon, Mattix hit .400 with 67 RBIs and was named the Peach Belt Conference player of the year.
"We are thrilled for Logan and appreciative to the Houston Astros for their interest in our players," said head coach Jason Eller. "Logan is a tremendous student-athlete with many All-American accolades both on the field and in the classroom. Mattix is a five-tool player and was a centerpiece to back-to-back PBC Tournament Championships. We wish him the best in his journey into professional baseball."
Stallings transferred from Georgia Tech to play his junior season with the Bobcats. He hit .355 with seven home runs and 39 RBIs despite not playing regularly at the start of the season.
"We are very proud that he (Stallings) is a part of Georgia College Baseball and a big piece to our Peach Belt Championship run," Eller said. "Brandt is an exemplary student-athlete and will thrive in professional baseball. A special thank you to John Poloni, the area scout for the Reds and his confidence in our players to be pro-ball ready."
Purcell hit .377 with five home runs and 56 RBIs as a fifth-year senior. He also led the way for the Bobcats behind the plate, going the entire season without committing an error as the team's starting catcher.
“The Georgia College family could not be more excited for Brandon and the opportunity to be a professional that is before him,” Eller said. "Purcy (Purcell) is a fantastic baseball player and the teammate that every coach strives to build."
These three players were critical leaders for Georgia College as the Bobcats won their second straight Peach Belt championship and made it to a regional tournament at the end of the season.
The last time the Bobcats had more than one player selected in the MLB draft was in 2007 when Andrew Reichard and Michael Antonini were both drafted.