By Contributing Writer: Chuck Boemmel Jr.
The Baltimore Orioles went with a multi-tasker in the 11th round (338th pick overall) of the 2017 MLB Draft. The team selected 5’ 11” 190 lb junior Trevor Craport out of Georgia Tech. Craport was listed as a utility player due to his ability to play just about anywhere; he can work out of the bullpen as well.
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Craport had a .336/ .399/ .502 slash line in 2017 with 30 RBI and 44 runs scored. His batting average was third best on the team. He displayed some pop in his bat as he tallied 20 doubles, 3 triples and 5 homeruns. Craport was also successful in the stolen base department as he stole 8 bases in 9 attempts. Tough to strike out as well, Craport whiffed 34 times in 271 plate appearances (12.5 %) while taking 20 walks.
As a freshman in 2015, Craport was used out of the bullpen by the Yellow Jackets. In a span of 11.1 innings over 7 games he pitched to a 4.76 ERA and 1.41 WHIP with 3 walks, 1 hit batter and 3 strikeouts.
Making the move to offense in 2016, Craport slashed .352/ .414/ .543 with 31 RBI and 40 runs scored. He was 4 out of 5 in stolen base attempts to go with 15 doubles, 1 triple and 7 homeruns. In 231 plate appearances, Craport struck out 17 times (7.4%) while walking 17 times as well. His batting average was good enough for second on the team.
Defensively Craport displayed a .911 career fielding percentage. He was tagged with 23 errors while turning 11 double plays. Some of his defensive stats could be attributed to playing multiple positions. As a point of reference, the Orioles Ryan Flaherty has a career .979 fielding percentage spread out over 7 positions.
Foregoing his temporary contract with the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod League, Craport has signed with the big league club. I would expect that he will be assigned to the Aberdeen Ironbirds (Class-A Short) soon.
Craport’s selection in the 2017 Draft continues a streak of Yellow Jacket players being drafted every year since 1981. He comes from a long line of success as Georgia Tech has had a total of 165 players drafted including Mark Teixeiria, Micah Owings, Matt Wieters and Charlie Blackmon. The pedigree of baseball success is there, now it’s up to Craport to develop and show what he can do. The question is, at which position?