In 2019, the 6-foot-1, 181-pound Shepherd became the first SEC shortstop to complete a 30-game league schedule without making an error since the conference started an All-Defensive team in 2008.
Shepherd was Baseball America’s No. 97 overall prospect entering last year’s draft, but he opted to return to UGA after the Rays selected him in the 20th round. The Red Sox previously drafted him before his Bulldogs career (29th round, 2016).
After MLB’s five-round draft concluded last week, undrafted free agents were eligible to sign with teams beginning Sunday morning. Shepherd was among the most notable undrafted players.
“These past four years at the University of Georgia wearing the ‘G’ on my chest has been nothing short of a dream,” Shepherd wrote on Twitter. “The memories and the relationships I have built will last a lifetime. My family, coaches, teammates and friends have not only shaped my baseball career but helped me grow to be the person I am today. Thank you to Dawg Nation and everyone who gave me nothing but support along the way.”
The Braves have signed four other players thus far, according to Baseball America’s tracker: utilityman Landon Stephens, Miami (Ohio); first baseman Bryson Horne, Columbus State; right-hander Carter Linton, Tusculum, Tenn.; outfielder Ethan Workinger, San Diego City JC.