Patrick Boling will return for his senior year after not signing with the Washington Nationals.
July 15, 2013
ATHENS----Three members of Georgia's latest baseball recruiting class along with rising senior pitcher Patrick Boling will be wearing Bulldog red and black in 2014 after passing on a chance to sign a professional contract.
Seven Bulldog signees plus three student-athletes from the 2013 club were selected in Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft this past June, and teams had until Friday to sign their draft picks.
Pitcher Robert Tyler (Baltimore, 28th round), outfielder Stephen Wrenn (Atlanta, 28th round) and shortstop Michael Bell (Miami, 37th round) look to be key contributors for the Bulldogs over the next few years after choosing to honor their commitment to the University of Georgia. Also, the return of the versatile Boling (Washington, 32nd round) bolsters the pitching staff.
Boling, a 6-2, 210-pound native of Cartersville, led the Bulldogs with 82 innings pitched and 81 strikeouts in 2013. He posted a 3-7 mark and 4.17 ERA in 21 games including 11 starts.
Tyler, a 6-4, 195-pound right-hander from Cordele, went 8-2 with a 1.99 ERA and 72 strikeouts for Crisp County High School in 2013. Tyler was tagged the "best prep arm from the Peach State," according to MLB.com who ranked him No. 65 among the top 100 prospects for the 2013 draft.
Wrenn, a 6-2, 175-pound native of Marietta, was the No. 69 player on the top 100 by MLB.com. He earned third team All-America honors from Baseball America after batting .445 with 16 doubles, five home runs, 33 RBI and 29 stolen bases as a senior at Walton High School.
Bell, a 5-11, 180-pound native of Union City, played at Langston Hughes High School and earned Rawlings/Perfect Game Southeast Region Honorable Mention honors. He hit .424 with four home runs, 20 RBI and eight stolen bases as a junior in 2012 for the Panthers.
Four members of Georgia's recruiting class opted to sign a professional contract headlined by outfielder Clint Frazier, a first round selection. The Loganville native was the fifth overall pick by Cleveland and reportedly received a $3.5 million signing bonus. Also, pitcher Blake Shouse (Middle Georgia) signed with Colorado for $353,900 after going in the fifth round to Colorado; catcher/pitcher Jarrett Freeland (Parkview HS) got $325,000 to sign with Cincinnati as a 15th round selection; shortstop Wesley Jones (Redan HS), a 31st round pick of Colorado, received a $150,000 signing bonus from the Rockies.
Bulldog senior shortstop Kyle Farmer (Los Angeles Dodgers, 8th round) and senior All-SEC third baseman Curt Powell (Detroit Tigers, 21st round) began their professional careers last month. Farmer is making the transition to catcher and is batting .306-2-10 for the Ogden (Utah) Raptors in the Rookie Pioneer League. Powell, now playing shortstop, is batting .227-0-3 for the Connecticut Tigers in the New York-Penn League. Powell went a career-best 4-for-4 in a victory Sunday.
The 2013 fall semester at UGA begins Aug. 12. The 2014 college baseball season opens on Feb. 14.