Garrett Groce
24
2002-2003
IF/OF
6-1, 182
B-R/T-R
Columbus, GA
(Columbus)

Athletic player who is versatile enough to help at a number of different positions....Played shortstop, third base, left field and center field in high school, and saw action at Tech at all three outfield positions as well as shortstop as a freshman.

2008: Played in right field for two innings of one game for Tampa Bay Rays during Major League Spring Training....once again assigned to Class A Vero Beach Devil Rays (Florida State League) to begin regular season....hit .300 (18-for-60) during April....slumped following All-Star Break hitting just .195 for remainder of the season including 1-for-22 slump to end campaign....released by Tampa Bay following the season.

2007: Promoted to Class A Vero Beach Devil Rays (Florida State League)....went 6-for-11 (.545) in first three games of the season before being placed on the 7-day disabled list effective 4/8 due to an injured left shoulder....returned to action 5/26....hit safely in his first seven games back to extend his overall hitting streak to the first 10 games he played during the season....endured 0-for-27 slump 6/28 to 7/12....rebounded to hit .278 with three home runs and 12 RBI during August.

2006: Spent season with the Class A Southwest Michigan Devil Rays....Belted a pair of home runs 6/6 at South Bend....Hit in a career-high 11 straight games from 7/16-7/30....finished fifth in the Midwest League with 30 stolen bases.

2005: Batted .371 with eight homers, 32 RBI and a team-leading 16 stolen bases in 43 games as a senior at Columbus State....Signed with Tampa Bay Devil Rays after being selected in 41st Round of June Draft....assigned to Class A Hudson Valley (New York-Penn League)....belted a pair of home runs 7/11 vs. Brooklyn....named NY-Penn League Player of the Week 8/7....won Home Run Derby and then played in inaugural New York-Penn League All-Star Game 8/23 at Brooklyn, N.Y....named Hudson Valley's Player of the Year while leading Renegades with a .322 average (8th best in the New York-Penn League), .404 on-base percentage (4th in the league).

2004: Hit .296 with five homers, 35 RBI and a team-leading 28 stolen bases in 57 games at Columbus State.

2003: Went 0-for-6 over eight appearances as a sophomore....enrolled at Columbus State University for Fall 2003.

2002: Made first collegiate start 3/20 vs. Eastern Kentucky picking up first hit and two RBI....handled duties at shortstop, second base and all three outfield positions during regular season....saw action in each of Tech's three games at College World Series....played for Front Royal Cardinals of Valley League during summer.

High School: A four-year letter-winner for coach Bobby Howard at Columbus High School, one of the top baseball programs in the state of Georgia....Rated as the 15th best prospect coming out of the state of Georgia....Helped lead Columbus to the 2000 Georgia AAA State Championship....Named Columbus' Most Valuable Player as a senior in 2001....Team offensive MVP in 2000....Named all-Bi City in 2000 and 2001....Participated with Team Georgia in 2000 and 2001....Also played for Dixie All-Stars in USA Baseball Tournament of Stars at Joplin, Mo. during June 2001....Member of the Columbus Honor Roll.

Personal: Edward Garrett Groce....Born April 24, 1983....Son of Tommy Groce and Sherry Duncan....Father Tommy played football and baseball at Troy State....Stepfather Doug Duncan played football at Auburn....Enjoys hunting, fishing, golf and ping pong in his spare time....Enrolled in the Ivan Allen College while at Tech.

 Georgia Tech Statistics
 Year   AVG  GP-GS   AB   R   H  2B  3B  HR RBI   BB  SO  SB-ATT  FLD%
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 2002  .125  16-1    16   5   2   0   1   0   4    3   7   2-2    .800
 2003  .000   8-1     6   2   0   0   0   0   0    1   5   1-1   1.000

 
 Professional Career
 Year  Team            AVG   G   AB   R   H  2B  3B  HR RBI   BB  SO  SB-ATT 
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 2005  Hudson Valley  .322  70  258  49  83  13   2   9  35   34  53  12-16
 2006  SW Michigan    .263 126  448  62 118  22   1   5  45   44 118  30-44
 2007  Vero Beach     .232  78  298  33  69  12   1   6  21   19  68   7-12
 2008  Vero Beach     .235 100  349  39  82  18   1   2  27   42  97   5-12