Jan. 29, 2018
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech baseball’s junior catcher Joey Bart was named to the 2018 preseason all-America first team by Baseball America, it was announced today.
In addition, Baseball America named him the “Best Defensive Catcher”.
Baseball America ’s preseason all-America first team honor is the fourth such honor for the junior from Buford, Ga., as he was also recognized as a 2018 Perfect Game/Rawlings College Baseball all-American earlier this month, was named to the 2018 D1Baseball preseason all-America second team, presented by adidas, and earned a spot on the Collegiate Baseball 2018 preseason all-America third team.
Last season, Bart played and started in 44 games on the year last season, missing the last 11 games of the season due to a hand injury. The catcher hit .296 with a team-high 13 home runs and 43 RBIs on the season. He also totaled 55 base hits, including 13 doubles, and scored 36 runs. The power-hitting righty led the team with a .575 slugging percentage on the year. He also recorded 12 multi-hit games, nine multi-RBI games and posted a career-long hitting streak of 10 games in late February to mid-March last season in his sophomore campaign.
With his breakout season, Bart was a 2017 Johnny Bench award semifinalist, an ABCA/Rawlings all-region second team selection and an all-ACC second team member last year.
Tech will open up the 2018 season with the Atlanta Challenge on Feb. 16-18. The Yellow Jackets will host Minnesota on Feb. 16 (4 p.m.), Bradley on Feb. 17 (2 p.m.) and UConn on Feb. 18 (1 p.m.).
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