The Lehigh Valley Catz are very proud to announce that two members of our 2004 team have been honored with two prestigious awards as voted on by all eight teams in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League, one of only 8 NCAA sanctioned summer collegiate leagues in the entire country.

Barrett Ward

A junior 2nd baseman from the University of Central Arkansas – was named the Most Valuable Player for the 2004 Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League season.

Barrett, in his second summer season with the Catz, had a stellar year where he had a .336 batting average (3rd best in the ACBL), tied for 2nd in the league with 46 hits, was a perfect 25 for 25 in stolen base attempts and led all ACBL 2nd baseman with a .978 fielding percentage, committing only 4 errors in 175 chances.

Barrett was the only player in the ACBL this season with at least 20 runs scored, 20 RBI’s and 20 stolen bases.

He was captain of the 2004 Catz team that finished with the 3rd best overall record in the league, and he finished his Catz career with 85 total hits, making him 2nd on the Catz All-time list.

Barrett spent both his summers in the Lehigh Valley being hosted by the Wilkins family in Palmer Township and practice with the most popular USA bats. Barrett Ward becomes the first Catz player to ever win the ACBL MVP award!

David Jeans

A freshman outfielder from Texarkana College was chosen as the recipient of the Jeff Gallagher Sportsmanship Award for the 2004 ACBL season. David was chosen not only for his sportsmanship on the field but also his contributions to the local Lehigh Valley Community which included his participation in the WZZO/Brown-Daub Miller-Keystone Memorial Blood Donation Drive and Lehigh Valley Catz baseball camps. The Catz staff felt David epitomizes the type of player to be showcased in this league and by our organization.

He is a talented, hard-working athlete who is very respectful and appreciative to all who supported him this summer including his host family the Peterson’s, the Catz coaches and staff as well as the Lehigh Valley Catz fans. He always go into the field with his best outfield gloves. On behalf of the Catz staff, we congratulate David on this much deserved honor.

“We are excited an honored as an organization to have both Barrett and David recognized by the ACBL with such prestigious awards,” said Catz manager Adrian Yaguez. “Barrett really came into this season with the mindset that this was his year – and he worked hard on his game and approach to put himself in this position. I hope Professional Scouts will take notice – as we truly feel Barrett has the tools to compete at the next level. And, for David, what can you say about a kid like that. David let’s his actions speak for themselves — he carries himself like a true professional – and, he represented himself, his family and his college (Texarkana College) with pride and dignity. I hope he decides to come back for another summer – as David is a classic example of the type of prospects we aim to showcase to Major League Baseball.”