- Aim high. That's where glory dwells.
- To a man with a hammer, all problems look like nails.
FORT WORTH CATS TRYOUTS FOR SUMMER 2014 TEAMS!!!
IT IS MANDATORY, IF YOU ARE COMING TO A FORT WORTH CATS TRYOUT, TO PRINT UP AND FILL OUT BOTH THE RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND THE PLAYER INFO SHEET FROM THE "HANDOUTS" TAB ON OUR WEBSITE.
***IF YOU HAVE MADE A CATS 15U/16U SUMMER TEAM, FROM TRYOUTS, YOU WILL BE CONTACTED BY A COACH AND YOUR NAME WILL BE LISTED ON WEBSITE UNDER CORRECT TEAM TAB. ALL OTHERS ARE FREE TO RETURN TO ANOTHER TRYOUT LISTED.
THERE WILL NOT BE ANY MASS TRYOUTS AT THE 15U, 16U, 17U or 18U LEVEL, AS WE JUST NEED A HANDFUL OF PLAYERS AT EACH OF THESE AGE DIVISIONS. FOR INFO ON TRYING OUT FOR OUR 16U, 17U, OR 18U TEAMS, CONTACT THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE:15U - (2017 graduates) Bruce Kirby 817-798-117316U - (2016 graduates) Bruce Kirby 817-798-117317U - (2015 graduates) Steve Thomas 817-343-194318U - (2014 graduates) Bruce Kirby 817-798-1173
Congrats to ALL the Seniors from 2013 Summer!
2013 DRAFTED PLAYERS:
LHP Cody Dickson (Sam Houston State) 4th Round, Pittsburg Pirates
RHP Casey Shane (Texas A&M) 6th Round, Cleveland Indians
1B Duncan McAlpine (Dallas Baptist University) 16th Round, Detroit Tigers
1B Levi Scott (Howard JC) 21st Round, Baltimore Orioles
RHP Michael Smith (Dallas Baptist University) 29th Round, LA Angels
RHP Jacob Stone (Weatherford JC) 30th Round, Colorado Rockies
2013 PLAYERS HEADED TO COLLEGE:
Brett Burner (FW All Saints) Texas A&M CC
Rhett Butler (Millsap) Arlington Baptist College
Stephen Caillet (Mabank) North Central JC
Austin Eads (Aledo) Sinclair College, OH
Garrett Gaines (Brock) Weatherford JC
Brandon Huff (Bridgeport) Cedar Valley JC
Grayson Huffman (Weatherford) Grayson JC
Carson Humphreys (Abilene Cooper) Ranger JC
Omar Martinez (Bridgeport) Northlake CC
Nathan Menchaca (Burleson Centennial) Clarendon JC
Tyler Nelson (Brock) Mary Hardin Baylor University
Shay Phillips (Brock) West Virginia
Reese Read (Bridgeport) Vernon JC
Nathan Turner (Breckenridge) Northwood University
Slayton Vaughan (Azle) North Central JC
Matt Wagner (FW Western Hills) Texas A&M CC
2012 Drafted Cats:
LHP Taylor Massey (Weatherford HS) by Oakland A's
signed and in Arizona Rookie League with Athletics
RHP Jacob Stone (Boswell HS) by Reds
*will attend Weatherford JC
LHP Colton Turner (Joshua HS) by Blue Jays
signed and in Class-A with Vancouver Cardinals
SS Zach Voight (Denton Ryan HS) by White Sox
signed and in Rookie League with Great Falls Voyagers
Class of 2012:
Matt Beasley (FW Country Day) - Wayland Baptist University
Taylor Carter (FW Western Hills) - Hillsdale Baptist University (OK)
Walker Dailey (Brock) - Weatherford JC
Garret Derden (Palmer) - Mary Hardin Baylor University
Matt Dunn (Alvord HS) - Texas Wesleyan University
Dylan Green (Keller Fossil Ridge) - Arlington Baptist College
Taylor Johnson (Weatherford) - University of Dallas
Luke Jones (Joshua) - Grayson JC
Daulton Leiker (Keller Fossil Ridge) - Vernon JC
Grant McClellan (Burleson) - Clarendon JC
Wade McClintock (Granbury) - Wayland Baptist University
Ty McDaniel (Alvord) - Arlington Baptist College
Reid Meyer - (FW Country Day) - Texas Tech University
Kevin Murphy (FW Country Day) - Oklahoma University (OK)
Drew Polk (Hico) - U.T. Pan Am
Brandon Schoelkopf (Keller Central) - Northwood University
Jordan Wooten (Peaster HS) - Weatherford JC
Class of 2011:
Gipson Aguirre - Abilene Christian University
Tanner Breed - North Central JC
Colton Brewer - Weatherford JC (Drafted 4th Round by Pirates, signed)
Jason England - Clarendon JC
Aaron Fanning - Weatherford JC
Bobby Garner - Weatherford JC
Rockwell Jackson - Bates College(ME)
Cody Jenkins - Texas State
Colton Peacock - Vernon JC
Hunter Ray - Arlington Baptist College
Colin Sefcik - Weatherford JC
Patrick Snow - Oklahoma State
Cameron Strock - Oklahoma
Ryan Wagley - Arlington Baptist College
Skyler Wheeler - Weatherford JC
Class of 2010:
Jordan Allen - Howard JC
Donovan Vess - Texas Wesleyn University
Nils Smith - Texas Lutheran
Hunter Rekietz - Tyler JC
Wes Dorough - Paris JC
Warren Stehn - Mountain View JC
Max Smith - Southwestern University
Stephen Alvarez - Texas Tech, Tyler JC
Trey Teakell - TCU
Zane Pruett - Hardin Simmons
Ryan Talley - Weatherford JC
Cody Dickson - Sam Houston State
Calvin Loftis - Howard JC
Tyler Ervine - Dallas Baptist University
Kirby Campbell - North Lake CC
Chris Marquardt - Weatherford JC
Class of 2009:
Nathan Alcantara - Southeastern Oklahoma
Travis Anteau - U.T. Arlington
Colton Burnett - Texas State University
Cayden Cuniff - East Texas Baptist University
Josh Easley - Weatherford JC
John Gebhard - Ouichita Baptist University
Andy Godsey - Tarleton State University
Joel Hasley - Eastfield CC
Noel Ibarra - Paris JC
Will Lane - Dallas Baptist University
Bryan Lynn - Lon Morris JC
Duncan McAlpine - Dallas Baptist University
Michael Medford - Cisco JC
Max Muncy - Baylor University
Ethan Murphy - Weatherford JC
Will Pepper - North Lake College
Colby Rogers - Lon Morris JC
Ryan Salter - New Mexico JC
Richard Sanguinetti - Coastal Carolina
Zach Snyder - Lyons College
Jordan Stafford - U.T. Tyler
Bradley Stone - Lyons College
Rustin Thomas - Cisco JC
Colton Turner - Texas State University
Class of 2008:
Hunter Blackman - McMurry University
Colby Braddock - Cisco JC
Michael Braswell - Stephen F Austin
Wade Coker - McLennan CC
Geoffery Davenport - University of Arkansas
Colton Davis - Jefferson College (MO)
Kurt Harman - Tyler JC
Jonah Johnston - Hill JC
Freddie Main - Baylor University
Kevin Manning - Tarleton State University
Taylor Massey - Nebraska, Weatherford JC, Dallas Baptist
Bryson Myles - Weatherford JC, Stephen F Austin, INDIANS
Austin Neal - Tarleton State University
Tom Robertson - Stephen F Austin
Kal Saldana - Northwood University
Toby Semler - Midland JC
Michael Smith - Dallas Baptist University
Zach Voight - Navarro JC, New Mexico St.
Reed Watson - University of Houston
Former Cat, Zach Britton gets Number Retired!!!
Pictured (from left) are former Ft. Worth Cat, Colt Hynes (WHS '03), AA/AAA pitcher for the San Diego Padres organization; Dave Cowley, Board Member; Ashley Conlon, Board Member; Gail Wirtanen, Board Secretary; former Ft. Worth Cat, Zach Britton (WHS '06), pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles; Charlie Martinez, Board President; former Ft. Worth Cat, Buck Britton (WHS '04), AA/AAA pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles organization; Paul Paschall, Board Vice President; Yale Young, Board Member; and Dr. Jeffrey Hanks, WISD Superintendent.
Former Fort Worth Cat and Weatherford High School baseball player Zach Britton made a special appearance at Thursday's Weatherford ISD Board meeting following the official retiring of his No. 12 high school jersey earlier in the evening at the Baseball Booster Club's kick-off dinner.
Britton, who graduated from WHS in 2006, is the first baseball athlete from Weatherford to pitch in the major leagues. As a rookie pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles, Britton pitched 154.1 innings, collected an 11-11 record, and had a 4.61 ERA during his rookie season.
Colton Brewer signs with Pirates
Round 4: Colton Brewer RHP
6’4 190 Canton HS 2011 Graduate, Canton TX
"The Pirates dip back into the state of Texas to pick another high school player, this time righthander Colton Brewer. Brewer is a raw pitcher who could be a project for the Bucs. He’s committed to Weatherford JC in Texas but that shouldn’t be a huge obstacle when it comes to getting him signed. He has good size and a projectable frame so that is something they have to work with. I’ve always felt you can’t go wrong when it comes to signing Texas HS arms so we’ll have to wait a few years to see how Brewer develops."
Hunter Pence to Phillies
(Arlington HS, Texarkana JC, UT Arlington)
Former Fort Worth Cat, Hunter Pence, was traded to the Phillies, and the next day against the Pirates, banged out a single and proceeded to hit in each of his first eight games with his new club.
"They've embraced me," Pence says. "Unbelievable teammates. People taking care of you in the front office. The staff.
"There's a lot to learn. And I think the coolest thing about it is, there are MVPs in this clubhouse, Cy Youngs ... there's a lot to take from."
And Hunter has so much to give; in the Phillies' first 10 games with Pence hitting behind him in the lineup, Ryan Howard is hitting .308 (12 for 39) with six doubles, four homers and 11 RBI.
When Pence arrived, Howard was hitting .246. (For the season, he's at .252.)
"I don't feel any pressure," Pence says. "At this level, you have to perform. I understand how to prepare. I understand the process."
Who We Are....
The Fort Worth Cats baseball club is a select baseball team comprised of 15-18 year olds who yearn to play at the next level. Since their inception in 1989 every senior player that has wanted to play baseball at the next level has been awarded a scholarship offer.
Founder Jay Meadows, who ran the team from 1989 through the fall of 1995, has had all of his players - that's 100% - given scholarship offers to play baseball at the next level. After the fall of 1995, Jay decided it was time for a break so that he and his wife, Toni, could start up their family.
In 1999, with Jay's permission, the Fort Worth Cats were brought back by myself, Bruce Kirby. As an assistant coach for Jay, (1993-1995) I realized what a special program this was and what a wonderful goal he had in mind: to help further the education of these kids through athletics.
Now, as we are looking forward to the summer of 2010, we are working hard to make sure we stay at the level that Jay left this program. We are well on our way as we once again made sure that all 23 of our senior players from last summer, who wanted to play at the next level, are now attending college on a scholarship they were offered by the institution.
Congrats to the Cats 15u!!!
Congrats to our 2011 Fort Worth Cats 15u team for a great summer.
They placed 3rd in the Premier Freshman Nationals, beating teams along the way such as the South Texas Sliders (twice), North Texas Titans, Houston Mizuno Select, Waco Storm, Austin Slam, and North Texas Hardball before losing in the semi-finals to the Indiana Bulls.
They won the Texas Premier 15u State Championship (PICTURE) beating the West Columbia Angels in the championship game, 4-3.
They won the AABC 15u State Championship.
They then moved on to the AABC World Series where they ended up finishing in 3rd place.
Congrats to coaches (Brian Reagan/Rick Gustafson), players, and parents alike!!!
Fort Worth Cats Baseball Club