Jeff Watchko
6-3, 195
Roswell, Ga.

Can throw three pitches -- fastball, curve ball and change up - for strikes....Tough competitor who has the mental makeup to be an outstanding late-inning pitcher.

2004: Assigned to Class A Asheville Tourists (South Atlantic League) for first full professional season....Re-assigned to Class A Tri-City Dust Devils in August.

2003: Team co-captain and third-team pre-season All-America selection by Collegiate Baseball....notched win in relief in ACC championship game 5/25 vs. N.C. State....selected in 24th round of MLB First-Year Player Draft by Colorado Rockies and inked professional contract 6/6....assigned to Class A Casper Rockies (Pioneer League)....posted first professional save 8/20 vs. Great Falls....named Casper's Most Valuable Player after posting a team-leading five wins....named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll for 2002-03.

2002: Second-team All-ACC selection who became Tech’s top reliever after spending time as the No. 2 starter during the first half of the season....Posted a 5-1 record in nine starts and a 6-0 record in 20 relief appearances....A second-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference selection as a relief pitcher....Led the team with 29 appearances and 12 games finished....Displayed excellent command, walking just 19 batters in 89.2 IP; His 1.91 walks per nine innings figure was the fourth best season total in Tech history....Earned a win in first start of the season at Georgia Southern (2/10), allowing two runs in 5.0 innings....Allowed just one hit in 6.0 shutout innings vs. Tennessee Tech (2/16)....Earned first save of the season and 13th of his career in Tech’s 7-5 win over Winthrop (3/9)....Tied a career-high with 7.0 innings pitched vs. Georgia Southern (4/3), where he picked up the win by allowing only one run....Picked up his fourth win of the season by pitching the final 2 1/3 shutout innings of relief vs. Duke (4/6)....Tossed six strong innings, allowing just two earned runs to pick up his fifth win of season vs. Auburn (4/9)....Picked up sixth win of the season by striking out five in 6.0 innings vs. Maryland (4/14)....Pitched the final five innings in Tech’s 12-inning contest vs. Virginia (4/27) to pick up his seventh win of the season after allowing no earned runs and striking out five....Faced the minimum number of batters in the final 1.2 innings in relief to lead Tech to a 12-11 victory over Georgia (5/14) in 10 innings....Pitched the final five innings against North Carolina (5/24) in the ACC Tournament and allowed just one run to earn his 11th win of the season....Pitched the final 2.2 innings in Tech’s NCAA Regional game vs. Georgia (6/1) to complete the shutout of the Bulldogs....Career in NCAA Tournmanent: 9 games, 0-0 record with three saves in 16.2 IP; has allowed 17 hits, 19 runs, 19 earned runs, while striking out 14....selected by Pittsburgh Pirates in 18th round of June draft.

2001: Led Tech and ranked fourth in the ACC with six saves in 10 opportunities preserving victories against Lamar, Georgia, Kent State, Maryland, Georgia Southern and Clemson.....also ranked second in the conference in appearances (31)....made 11 consecutive scoreless appearances from March 10 to April 13....gained only win of season in ACC Tournament outing vs. Florida State....averaged nine strikeouts per nine innings....named to the Dean's List for spring semester....One of 19 players invited to tryout for U.S. National team....spent summer with Orleans Cardinals of Cape Cod League.

2000: Emerged as key member of pitching staff posting staff-leading six saves....earned saves in two of Tech's three NCAA Atlanta Regional victories, including the championship game vs. Stetson....picked up a win in relief against Clemson in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals....also turned in quality work in mid-week starting role with victories over Liberty and Mercer....named an honorable mention freshman All-America by Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America....spent summer with Edenton Steamers of Coastal Plains League....Named to Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Honor Roll for 1999-2000.

High School: All-county choice as a junior and a senior....Three-year letterwinner for coach Allan Dyer....Went 4-3 with a 2.48 ERA and 80 strikeouts (school record) in 59.1 innings as a senior....Junior statistics: 4-4 with a 2.96 ERA at Roswell, 10-0 with a 2.10 ERA in summer ball for the East Cobb Yankees, which won the Connie Mack World Series....Played for Georgia AAU national champion squad in 1997....Selected to Who's Who Among American High School Students and graduated with honors.

Personal: Jeffrey Benjamin Watchko....Born Nov. 7, 1980....Son of Mike and Bonnie Watchko....Dean's List student majoring in Management.

Georgia Tech Statistics
Year    W-L   SV   ERA  APP  GS  CG    IP     H   R  ER  BB   SO  HR   Avg
2000    4-1    6  3.38   26   2   0   58.2   49  25  22  23   54   8  .230
2001    1-3    6  3.31   31   0   0   35.1   34  14  13  18   35   2  .250
2002   11-1    2  4.01   29   9   1   89.2   94  48  40  19   62   9  .260
2003    3-3    5  4.62   29   1   0   48.2   50  32  25  21   41   4  .265
Career 19-8   19  3.87  115  12   1  232.1  227 119 100  81  192  23