THE FLATS – Former Georgia Tech standout catcher Joey Bart will be honored by the Atlanta 400 Baseball Fan Club at its 53rd Eddie Glennon Gameboree on Saturday, Jan. 19, the organization announced recently.
Bart will receive the Jason Varitek Most Outstanding Scholar Athlete in Georgia Award at the Atlanta Marriott Northwest at Galleria Hotel during a gala reception and silent auction. In addition to the Scholar Athlete in Georgia Award, the Atlanta Braves will also be on-hand to award several of its minor leaguers for their performances in 2018.
The Atlanta 400 Baseball Fan Club is a longstanding non-profit organization that works to support baseball at all levels – awarding baseball scholarships to Metro Atlanta colleges and recognizing Metro Atlanta high schoolers, as well as minor and Major League players in the Braves organization.
A 2018 consensus all-American, Bart capped his career at Tech in 2018 after being named the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Player of the Year, ACC Defensive Player of the Year and the Johnny Bench Award winner. In addition to leading the ACC in hitting with a .359 batting average, the Buford, Ga. native led Georgia Tech and ranked second in the ACC in slugging (.632), third in on-base percentage (.471), third in total bases (139), fourth in hits (79), and was fifth with a team-high 16 home runs.
Bart, who became the highest MLB Draft pick in Georgia Tech history when he was selected No. 2 overall in the first round of the 2018 MLB First-Year Draft by the San Francisco Giants, was also a 2018 Dick Howser Trophy finalist, a 2018 Golden Spikes Award semifinalist, an ABCA/Rawlings Atlantic all-region first-team selection and the NCBWA District 4 Player of the Year.