We continue the countdown today at number 92 with Georgia Tech junior RHP Mark Pope. He is from Marietta Georgia where he attended Walton High School. He was a four-year letterwinner for baseball coach Shane Amos at Walton with a career record of 21-3. As a senior, he led the team to a runner up finish in the Georgia state tournament as he went 9-2 with a 0.63 ERA. He was selected in the 17th round in the 2008 MLB Draft by the Atlanta Braves but decided to head to Georgia Tech.
As a freshman in 2009, he appeared in 25 games serving as the team’s closer. He had a 5-1 record with eight saves while accumulating a 6.00 ERA in 27 innings of work. He ended up striking out 27 batters while walking 16 on the year. He spent the summer of 2009 in the Cape Cod Baseball League with the Falmouth Commodores where he went 2-2 with a 2.10 ERA in 12 games (four starts) while pitching a total of 34.1 innings.
Pope appeared in 13 games (11 starts) as a sophomore in 2010 while going 8-1 with a 3.78 ERA. He ended up striking out 73 batters while cutting down his walks to 13 in 78.2 innings of work. He also held opponents to a .292 batting average against. He again spent the summer in the Cape Cod Baseball League during 2010 with the Falmouth Commodores. He wen 2-2 with a 3.22 ERA in nine appearances (eight starts) while striking out 42 batters and walking 16 batters.
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