October 20, 2018

WGTC infielder drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks

(Carrollton, GA) — For the first time in school history, the West Georgia Tech baseball team had a player selected in the Major League Baseball Draft as Jacob Olson was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 39th round on Saturday.

The freshman from Monroe, Ga. was recently named to the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) All-Region First Team after leading the Golden Knights with a .351 batting average and eight home runs.

Jacob Olson

Jacob Olson

Olson also led the Knights with a .603 slugging percentage while driving in 36 runs. Olson led the conference with 20 doubles. His slugging percentage rose to .704 against conference opponents, which also led the league.

“I want to congratulate Jacob Olson and his family for the outstanding achievement of being drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks,” West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel said.

“I also want to point out that Jacob did well academically while he was here. We wish him well as he pursues his dream of playing baseball and we are grateful to call him a Golden Knight. I also want to express my appreciation to Todd Pratt for the job he has done in building our baseball program into a destination program, where student-athletes have an opportunity to continue their respective playing careers at the next level.”

Olson came to West Georgia Tech after a standout high school career at Monroe Area High School and played in 49 of 50 games at the shortstop position for the Black and Gold.

“All of us at West Georgia Tech are proud of Jacob for his selection in the Major League Baseball Draft,” said Dr. Tonya Whitlock, WGTC Vice President of Student Affairs. “It certainly was a pleasure watching him play while he was here. I applaud him for his leadership and hard work in the classroom and on the baseball field.”

Olson is also mulling over opportunities to transfer to Power 5 conference schools and other four-year programs. He is expected to make a decision on whether to join the Diamondbacks organization or transfer to a four-year school within the next few days.

“I’m happy for Jacob because I know from personal experience how exciting it is to get that call,” West Georgia Tech head coach Todd Pratt said. “Jacob came here as a freshman and immediately became one of our leaders on and off the field. We knew we were only going to have him for one year because of his talent level and his tremendous upside. Whether at a four-year college or with the Diamondbacks, I expect him to do well because he has the talent and work ethic that is required.”

Under the guidance of Pratt, West Georgia Tech has had 28 baseball players transfer to four-year schools in its first four years of existence as an NJCAA program. West Georgia Tech is now part of the fraternity of junior college programs that have had a player selected in the Major League Baseball Draft.

“I told the athletic director on the day that I was hired that one of my expectations for the program was to have a player drafted by Major League Baseball within the first five years,” Pratt said. “We accomplished that. We play in one of the top conferences in the country and we play a tough non-conference schedule. We prepare our student-athletes for the next level, both on and off the field. Yet, we are not even close to where I think we can be in the future as we continue to grow and develop as a program.”

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