As we always say “it is important to finish strong”. No one knew for sure when the final collegiate games of the season would take place for Georgia Tech’s starting right fielder Baron Radcliff and Friday night starter Jonathan Hughes. It turned out to be the second week of March just before the COVID 19 pandemic prematurely put an end to the 2020 baseball season.
Both of them would find their ways to the Phillies. Radcliff was the Phillies fifth and final round draft pick in last week’s MLB Draft and Hughes just signed as an un-drafted free agent this week.
It has turned the out really well for both of them. Over the final four games of what turned out to be the end of the 2020 season, Radcliff went 7 for 17 with 7 RBIs. In his last game against Auburn on March 10th, he doubled and homered in a 6-2 win over Auburn.
You can watch a Radcliff interview HERE.
Hughes pitched the best game of his career in what turned out to be his final 2020 start for the Yellowjackets. This was the Friday night opening game of the ACC season against Virginia Tech on March 6th. He struck out nine in seven innings on 86 pitches, career highs in innings pitched and strikeouts.
In a season or two, we just might see Baron Radcliffe joining Bryce Harper as a corner outfielder and Jonathan Hughes on the Phillies pitching staff at Citizens Bank Park.