Ryan Page, an impressive 6’ 1” freshman left-handed pitcher from Liberty University, is the latest addition to the 2005 Lehigh Valley Catz roster. Liberty’s Head Coach Matt Royer (formerly the Head Coach at Kutztown University) sees a bright future for Page with the Flames and expects him to be one of the foundations of their future pitching staffs.

Ryan is currently 1-0 on the young 2005 season for the Flames following a recent complete-game win over Bucknell. He went 7 full innings, allowed only 2 runs, neither earned, in the 3-2 victory. Opponents are batting a minuscule .167 off Page thus far this season.

Ryan is a graduate of Seneca Valley High School in Cranberry, Township, Pa. He was named all-section in his senior season after posting a 9-0 mark. Zach Johnson, who was recently chosen in the first round of the 2004 MLB Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays after his junior season at Texas A & M, is also a former standout left-handed pitcher out of Seneca Valley High School.

Catz Head Coach Adrian Yaguez on Ryan Page: “We are happy to announce the signing of Ryan Page – as we feel he will fit in nicely to our pitching plans for 2005,” explained Yaguez. “Ryan is off to a great start at Liberty University – where he works under former Major Leaguer Randy Tomlin, and Coach Tomlin strongly recommended Ryan to me back in early September. Ryan will give us another quality arm from the left side – and, we are excited to have him aboard.”

The “Scooter” Latest Catz Addition

The Lehigh Valley Catz are very pleased to announce that Brian “Scooter” Hendrickson, a freshman catcher at Southern Arkansas University will be a member of the 2005 Lehigh Valley Catz. Hendrickson is currently a teammate of former Lehigh Valley Catz standout Ross Boudreaux a senior catcher for SAU. Southern Arkansas finished the 2004 season 45-15 and ranked 10th in the country in NCAA Division II baseball.

Last summer, Scooter was the catcher and leader of the Blue Spring’s A’s Legion team that won the Missouri State Championship and advanced to the American Legion World Series.

Hendrickson was No. 1 in his senior class of 464 students at Blue Springs High School.

Catz Head Coach Adrian Yaguez on the addition of Scooter Hendrickson: “Scooter will be one of two quality catchers we’ll count on this summer,” explained Yaguez. “Scooter comes highly recommended by Ross Boudreaux – and, that’s important to us. Scooter is spending quite a bit of time watching and learning from Ross this year at Southern Arkansas University – and, I feel he realizes his time is coming. We look forward to bringing Scooter aboard – and, we expect him to step right in for us.”

Murphy Back For a Second Summer With Catz

The Lehigh Valley Catz would like to welcome back Brendan Murphy, a 6’ 3” sophomore 1B/DH from Southwest Tennessee Community College. Murphy was drafted by the Montreal Expos (now the Washington Nationals) in both the 30th round of the 2004 MLB Draft as well as the 37th of the 2003 MLB Draft.

Brendan transferred to Southwest from Garden City (KS) Community College, where as a freshman last season he batted .294 with nine doubles, one triple, eight home runs, and 36 runs batted in. Murphy has already been voted a Team Captain for the 2005 spring season by his Southwest teammates. Southwest Coach Johnny Ray on Brendan Murphy: “Brendan will hit in the middle of the lineup and provide some much needed offensive punch. He has an outstanding work ethic and a strong desire to succeed in the game.”

Last summer with the Catz, Brendan appeared in 34 games including 23 starts and batted .207 with 5 doubles and 12 RBI’s.

“Murph” had a highly decorated high school career where he batted .630 with 13 home runs, 44 runs batted in, a 1.361 slugging average, and a .739 on-base average and was named a TPX Louisville Slugger High School All-American (2002 and 2003), Baseball America High School All-American second team (2003), Baseball America’s Top 350 Prospects (2002 and 2003) and the Gatorade Tennessee Player of the Year (2003).

Last summer Brendan stayed with the Velekei Family of Palmer Township.

Catz Head Coach Adrian Yaguez on the return of Brendan Murphy: “I really enjoyed having Brendan with the team last summer – and, I’m glad he has accepted his offer to return to us for the 2005 season,” explained Yaguez. “There is no question that Brendan is a professional prospect – his accolades speak volumes – and, he deserves this opportunity. We want to see Brendan, as any player that comes through our program, be successful. And, we are excited to be building our club around him this summer.”