Tech center fielder Daniel Spingola will put off professional baseball and return for his senior season. Spingola, who led the Yellow Jackets in batting average (.319), runs (45), hits (82), slugging percentage (.451) and stolen bases (15 in 16 attempts), was drafted in the 24th round by the Chicago Cubs in the major league baseball draft.
Friday is the deadline for teams to sign draftees. Spingola is Tech’s only underclassman taken in the draft who will return. Pitchers Sam Clay (Minnesota Twins), Josh Heddinger (Detroit Tigers) and Matthew Grimes (Baltimore Orioles) all signed contracts.
With the return of Spingola, who came to Tech as a preferred walk-on from Marist, 10 of the 11 players with the most at-bats in 2014 will be back.