Wes Hodges
Third Baseman
6-2, 185
B/R, T/R
Ooltewah, Tenn.
(Baylor School)

Made an immediate impact on Tech program as a freshman earning starting berth at third base....A high school shortstop, he has good range and a strong arm at third base....A solid hitter in the Tech lineup who developed into a middle of the order hitter at the collegiate level.

2008: Struck out against Washington closer Chad Cordero in only Major League at-bat of Spring Training with Cleveland....Assigned to Class AA Akron (Eastern League) to begin regular season....hit .347 during month of May....named Eastern League Player of the Week for June 9-15 going 12-for-23 (.522) with a double, a home run, nine runs scored, and eight RBI during homestand against New Hampshire and Portland....selected to play in Eastern League All-Star Game and MLB Futures Game....batted just .238 in 42 games following All-Star Break....tabbed as No. 16 prospect in Eastern League by Baseball America....also named Eastern League Rookie of the Year.....assigned to Surprise Rafters of Arizona Fall League....played in AFL Rising Stars Showcase 10/24.

2007: Went 2-for-3 while seeing action in four games for Indians during Major League Spring Training....assigned to Class A Kinston (Carolina League) to begin professional career....singled in first pro at-bat 4/5 at Winston-Salem....sidelined from 4/12 to 4/18 by hamstring injury....drove in career-high five runs 4/21 vs. Myrtle Beach....collected two home runs and four RBI 4/30 at Lynchburg....placed on disabled list 5/22 with a broken toe....re-activated 6/6....despite injury, put together a 20-game hitting streak from 5/14 to 6/23....homered in both games of doubleheader 8/13 at Salem....overall, hit .325 prior to the All-Star Break, but just .260 after the break....posted .405 average during June, but hit just .231 in July....batted .317 against left-handed pitching and .277 against right-handers....listed as the best power prospect and best defensive third baseman in Baseball America's Best Tools Survey of the Carolina League....named to Carolina League post-season All-Star team....ranked No. 5 among the Carolina League's Top 20 Prospects by Baseball America....also listed as the No. 4 prospect in the Cleveland Indians' organization by Baseball America.

  • "Wes Hodges: The Ultimate Teammate". See story.

2006: Second team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection at third base....established new career best with six RBI in victory over Clemson 4/15, then surpassed that mark with seven RBI effort the following day vs. Tigers....bothered by early stress fracture in his lower leg during late stages of the season....selected in 2nd round of June Draft (69th player overall) by Cleveland Indians....signed a professional contract 7/21 with a bonus of $1,000,000.

  • "Wes Hodges Living Baseball Dream At Georgia Tech". See story from The Chattanoogan.

2005: First team All-ACC third baseman while leading Jackets in batting with .397 average....Named to College Baseball Foundation's Watch List for the 2005 Brooks Wallace Award....second team selection to Baseball America's Midseason All-America Team....hit .395 (15-for-38) with six homers and 12 RBI in nine games during February....posted 15-game hitting streak 2/23 to 3/23....hit two solo home runs vs. Rutgers 2/25....belted grand slam home run vs. Georgia 4/27 at Turner Field....named Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Player of the Week for April 25 - May 1 after hitting .526 (10-for-19) and driving in nine runs in four games against Clemson and Georgia....hit safely in 11 straight games 4/17 to 5/7....spent summer playing for USA National team on annual Red, White & Blue tour of Eastern U.S., Japan and Taiwan....delivered a one-out single in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Team USA a 6-5 victory over Italy 7/27 at Pawtucket, R.I.

2004: Started 45 of Tech's first 48 games....In collegiate debut, belted a grand-slam home run in opening game of doubleheader, then delivered game-winning RBI single in top of 10th inning in night-cap to help Jackets to sweep of Georgia Southern 2/15....overall, hit safely in first seven games of season....named ACC Player of the Week for March 1-7 after going 10-for-13 with three doubles, three stolen bases, two walks and no strikeouts in games against Auburn and Rutgers....overall, turned in six straight multi-hit games from 3/2 to 3/10....posted 10-game hitting streak from 3/19 to 4/3....missed second and third game of Florida State series with a bruised heel....had game-winning hit in 10-inning victory over Duke 5/7....struck in the face by a 91-MPH fastball during the 5/11 game against Georgia at Turner Field causing four small fractures in his left cheekbone....returned to action with Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox of Cape Cod League 6/18.

High School: A four-year letter-winner as a shortstop for coach Gene Etter at the Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tenn.....All-state selection in 2002 and 2003....Named Chattanooga's Best of Preps in 2002 and 2003....Batted .374 with six home runs and 28 RBI as a junior....Hit .430 with one home run and 20 RBI as a senior in leading Baylor to the Tennessee state championship....Broke a bone in his left hand prior to his senior season and was forced to bat left-handed for the first time in his career....Participated in the Team One Showcase, the East Coast Professional Showcase and the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association Showcase....Selected in 13th round of 2003 June Draft by Chicago White Sox....Went 3-for-3 with two RBI and three runs scored to gain team MVP honors for the Tennessee-Georgia All-Star Baseball Game at Engel Stadium in Chattanooga (see story).

Personal: Wesley Michael Hodges....Born September 14, 1984....Enjoys fishing....Son of Mike and Tracie Hodges....Majoring in Management.

 Georgia Tech Statistics
 Year    AVG  GP-GS    AB   R   H  2B  3B  HR RBI  BB  SO  SB-ATT 
 2004   .304  46-45   184  41  56  16   1   4  31  19  25   7-8
 2005   .397  63-63   267  67 106  18   0   9  51  28  35   3-4
 2006   .329  58-57   219  49  72  20   0  11  68  31  51   0-1
 Career .349 167-165  670 157 234  54   1  24 150  78 111  10-13   

 Professional Career
 Year Team         AVG   G   AB   R   H  2B 3B HR RBI  BB  SO  SB CS
 2007 Kinston     .288 104  393  60 113  22  3 15  71  44  90   0  0
 2008 Akron       .290 133  504  70 146  29  3 18  97  52 105   3  1