Why Eric Stokes is going to be a nationally known name by the end of 2019

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Eric Stokes is poised to have a big 2019 season.

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Georgia football DB Eric Stokes is poised for a huge 2019

Just about every knowledgable Georgia fan knows Eric Stokes had a very strong 2018 season and is poised for a big 2019. Thing is, most people outside of the Georgia bubble don’t. They’ll likely just check that he has a 3-star recruiting ranking and think that he’ll be just a fine player. He almost certainly won’t make either preseason All-SEC team next month at SEC Media Days.

Georgia baseball had eight players taken in the 2019 MLB Draft this week. The first one to come off the board was third baseman Aaron Schunk, who was taken with the No. 62 overall pick in the draft by the Colorado Rockies.

The 2020 MLB Draft could have not just one but possibly two Bulldogs are taken much earlier than that.

Baseball America released a top 10 for next year’s draft on Thursday. Two Georgia baseball pitchers junior Emerson Hancock and draft-eligible sophomore Cole Wilcox landed in the top-10.

Hancock was pegged as the No. 1 overall pick for the 2020 MLB Draft. This past season, Hancock went 8-3 with a 1.99 ERA. He did sputter late in the year after he missed two starts due to injury, but there were times this year when he looked like the best pitcher in college baseball.

Below you can read what Baseball America had to say about Hancock’s draft prospects.

Hancock was outshined by fellow Georgia product D.L. Hall in high school, but the now-Georgia ace has a good chance to beat Hall’s No. 21 selection in the 2017 draft and is one of the favorites to be the first overall pick. After a middling freshman season, Hancock broke out as a sophomore and was one of the best college pitchers in the country. He has plus stuff across the board with a fastball that’s routinely in the upper 90s, a slider, curveball, and a changeup.

Hancock is from Cairo, Ga. and a high school classmate of football player Walter Grant. As a sophomore, Hancock finished with 97 strikeouts in 90.1 innings. He gave up just 20 earned runs all season and 18 walks, exhibiting great control. He was named First Team All-SEC for his efforts.

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