THE FLATS – Georgia Tech baseball’s true freshman catcher Kevin Parada (Pasadena, Calif./Loyola) continues to be lauded as one of the country’s top backstops, being named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-Southeast Region Second Team, the association announced Wednesday.
The Yellow Jackets’ primary catcher a true freshman, making 51 starts, including 48 behind the dish, Parada led the ACC the entire first half of the season before cooling slightly to finish top 20 with a team-best .318. The California native is the first freshman to lead Georgia Tech in hitting since Matt Murton in 2001.
Parada also led the ACC with 20 doubles on the season, and recorded four four-hit games on the season – only two other ACC players had games three.
Playing against one of the toughest conferences in the country, the California native hasn’t shrunk to the competition, also tops the rankings in ACC-only statistics:
- Hits: 50 – No. 2 in ACC
- Doubles: 14 – No. 2
- Triples: 2 – No. 4
- Batting Average: .352 – No. 8
Throughout the season, the true freshman catcher was recognized nationally, receiving ACC Player of the Week honors to start March as well as twice being named the Midseason Freshman of the Year by Perfect Game and D1Baseball. He was also one of just five freshmen to be named to the Buster Posey Award watch list as well as the Golden Spikes midseason watch list.
Parada was also named a freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball, as well as third-team all-ACC and the ACC’s all-freshman team.
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