MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – For the first time in program history, three Georgia College Baseball players were picked up in the MLB Draft. Senior Logan Mattix (Loganville, Georgia), junior Brandt Stallings (Buford, Georgia) and Brandon Purcell (Glennville, Georgia) were all chosen Wednesday in the MLB Draft.
Mattix was picked up in the 25th round by the defending World Series Champion Houston Astros at 762nd overall. Stallings was chosen in the 28th round by the Cincinnati Reds with pick No. 829. Purcell rounds out the group in the 32nd round at pick No. 963 for the St. Louis Cardinals.
The first player in program history to be both an Academic All-American and All-American for his play, Mattix was the 2018 Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Player of the Year. He put together an impressive resume this season, including a .400 average, nine home runs, 67 RBIs and 62 runs scored. He was a two-time All-Region selection and the 2018 D2CCA Region 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. A big thank you to scout Bobby St. Pierre for his belief in our program."
Stallings was nothing short of dominant in his one season in blue and green after transferring from Division I Georgia Tech. The All-PBC Second Team slugger compiled a .355 average with seven home runs, 39 RBIs and 35 runs, despite not being a regular starter at the beginning of the season.
"The Cincinnati Reds are getting an outstanding player and person in Brandt," said Eller. "We are very proud that he is a part of Georgia College Baseball and a big piece to our Peach Belt Championship run. 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 is a two-time All-PBC pick, going for a .377 batting average, five home runs, 56 RBIs and 64 runs scored as a senior. The catcher was a big part of the nation's leading defense with zero errors in 399 chances in the field.
"The GC family could not be more excited for Brandon and the opportunity to be a professional that is before him," said Eller. Purcy is a fantastic baseball player and the teammate that every coach strives to build. Brandon will be a part of one of the classiest organizations in the MLB. GC Baseball is especially thankful for Cardinals scout Charles Petersen and the faith he has in our players to be successful at the Major League level."
The trio gives the Bobcats MLB draftees in each of the last two seasons, joining Brandon Benson's selection to the Cardinals in 2017. GC Baseball has now had 20 student-athletes chosen in the MLB Draft. The last time the Bobcats had more than one in the same season was 2007, when Andrew Reichard was chosen in the 13th round and Michael Antonini in the 18th.
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