Thursday, May 17, 2018
DALLAS, Texas – Georgia Tech standout catcher Joey Bart has been named a semifinalist for the 2018 Dick Howser Trophy, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association announced today. The award is given to the top player in collegiate baseball.
Named to the Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list and a 2018 Johnny Bench Award semifinalist for the second-straight season earlier this month, Bart continues to rack up accolades for his outstanding 2018 season.
The 2018 consensus preseason all-American has continued to produce for the Jackets this season, hitting .371 (75-for-202) with 15 home runs, 11 doubles, 37 walks, 36 RBIs and a team-high 51 runs scored. He leads the ACC in hitting (.371), slugging percentage (.649) and on-base percentage (.480), while also ranking second in hits (75), home runs (15) and runs scored (51).
Behind the plate, he has thrown out 12-of-30 would-be base stealers and has three pickoffs.
In ACC play this season, Bart is hitting .346 (37-for-107) with nine home runs, five doubles and 22 RBIs.
The junior catcher is ranked as the No. 1 catcher in all of Division I baseball by Baseball America and No. 2 by D1Baseball.com and is a potential top-10 pick in June’s MLB First-Year Player Draft.