Georgia Tech baseball’s star catcher Joey Bart has added to his legend on The Flats as he was named the ACC’s Player of the Year on Monday while also being named a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award.
If you couldn’t tell by now, Joey Bart is without a doubt one of the best player to ever come through the Georgia Tech baseball program.
The Buford, Georgia native on Monday was named the ACC’s Player of the Year, becoming the fifth Yellow Jacket to ever win the award and the first since Mark Teixeira in 2000. Bart this season hit .368/.481/.651 with 16 home runs and 38 RBI. His hitting slash and home runs were both career highs while he fell short of his career high in RBI.
Despite only having 38 RBI this season, Bart was a menace at the plate for opposing pitchers who gave Bart over the course of the season 41 free passes. While he did finish with a career high in strikeouts, he played a career high 55 games this season, 11 more than he did in his sophomore season.
Bart was also named the ACC’s Defensive Player of the Year, committing four errors in 454 chances on the season. Bart also tossed out 12 of 21 runners trying to swipe second, another career high.
On top of Bart’s ACC Player of the Year award, he was named a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, annually given to the country’s top collegiate player. Bart was named one of 25 semifinalist. Bart is one of two ACC’s players to be named semifinalist for the award joining NC State’s Brian Bowen. If Bart wins the Golden Spikes Award he would be the second Jacket to ever win the award, joining Jason Varitek in 1994.
Bart wasn’t the only Yellow Jacket to earn accolades on Monday as Wade Bailey was named to the ACC’s First-Team, of course along side of Bart while Connor Thomas and Tristin English also were named to the team. Chase Murray earned second team All-ACC honors while Kyle McCann earned third team All-ACC honors for their strong 2018 campaigns.
The Yellow Jackets will take the diamond on Tuesday against Pittsburgh to start their ACC Tournament run.