THE FLATS – Georgia Tech baseball’s rising sophomore catcher Kevin Parada (Pasadena, Calif./Loyola) continues to earn recognition for his first year on The Flats, getting named first-team Perfect Game/Rawlings Freshman All-America, it was announced today.
The Yellow Jackets’ primary catcher as a true freshman, making 48 starts behind the dish, Parada led the ACC in hitting 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.
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 has been lauded for his freshman campaign, being named a freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball and ABCA/Rawlings All-Southeast Region second-team selection, as well as third-team all-ACC and the ACC’s all-freshman team. He was also selected to be a member of the 2021 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team this summer.
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