5 former Bartow players finish strong seasons
by Jason Greenberg
Jun 10, 2014 | 1590 views | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Former Cartersville pitcher Sam Howard is the latest Bartow County baseball player to make noise in the college ranks.

After a stellar junior season at Georgia Southern, Howard was drafted in the third round by the Colorado Rockies Friday.

Howard is having the most success of any former Bartow player, but he is not the only one who has impressed at the collegiate level.

Here are five players coming off notable 2014 seasons for their respective college programs:

Drew Suttles — The former Adairsville pitcher finished up his career at Freed-Hardeman by etching his name into the school’s record book.

The senior reliever tied the NAIA program’s record for career appearances with his 76 trips to the mound. He finished his senior year with 11 appearances out of the bullpen, 20 innings and a 3.15 ERA.

His best game came on May 3 when he threw 6 2/3 innings scoreless innings in relief, allowing just five hits and no walks in an 8-4 victory in the American Midwest Conference Tournament.

The college success should come as no surprise as Suttles went 13-1 with a 0.53 ERA over his career at Adairsville and helped the Tigers reach the state playoffs four times.

Michael Goss — The former Cartersville first baseman transferred into Chattanooga State Community College this year and produced big numbers, hitting .391 with three home runs, a team-leading 29 runs scored, 20 RBIs, a .493 on-base percentage and a .565 slugging percentage. From Feb. 28 to March 8, Goss had a five-game, multi-hit streak and scored at least one run in each of those games.

Chattanooga went 26-17 this season and 17-13 in the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association.

Jojo Underwood — Another former Cartersville corner infielder, Underwood made an immediate impact as a freshman this season at the University of West Georgia, a Division II school in the Gulf South Athletic Conference.

Underwood played in 32 games, 31 starts, and hit for a .339 batting average. He was second on the team with a .400 slugging percentage as his team went 21-25.

Underwood’s .339 batting average is just off his .349 average at Cartersville during his senior year, when he drove in 31 RBIs and 21 runs scored.

Chaz Wilson — Like Underwood, another 2013 all-county member, Wilson has earned a big role on Union University’s baseball team as a freshman. The former Colonel started seven games as a pitcher for the Bulldogs and made five more appearances out of the bullpen. He finished the year with a record of 4-3 in 42 innings pitched with a .268 batting average against. He also recorded a hit and an RBI in eight at bats on the year. Union is a Division II program in the Gulf South Conference.

Wilson hit .429 in 2013 at Cass with two home runs, 32 RBIs, a .493 on-base percentage and .541 slugging percentage.

Robert Harris — Just a sophomore at Calhoun Community College, the former Wildcat become an important reliever and outfielder. In 12 appearances out of the bullpen this season, Harris pitched 15 1/3 innings, struck out 13 batters and picked up two saves to go along with a 3.52 ERA. At the plate, Harris recorded a .279 batting average, two home runs, 28 RBIs and 23 runs scored. His .395 slugging percentage was second on the team. Maybe most impressive was that Harris struck out just seven times in 172 at bats.