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Fort Worth Cats --2016 SPRING/SUMMER TRYOUTS


8U, 9U, 10U and 12U - Saturday, Nov 21 at FW South Hills HS, 12:00pm

8U - Bobby McIntire (817-905-2626)

9U - Brad McIntire 817-938-2424

10U - Bobby McIntire (817-905-2626) or Brandon Gaviglio (214-636-6545)

12U Red - Melvin Colon 817-983-6594


12U Gray  -  TBD 

Contact: Allen Elliott 214.850.2308


13U Black-  TBD, Contact:

Jeremy Kinder 817.300.1308


13U White - TBD, Contact:

Jeremy Shaffer 214-886-4860

Jeff Sisk 817-307-8586 

Brian Yokeley 817-995-0020


14U Red - TBD

Contact: Dairrell Headrick 682.429.5178


14U Black - TBD

Contact:  Robin Thomas 817.360.8000


14U White - Sunday, January 10th, 3:00pm-5:00pm @ FW South Hills HS

Contact: Rick Teakell 817.565.3669 


14U McIntire and 14U VanRyn - Saturday, Nov. 21 at FW South Hills HS, 1:30pm

Bobby McIntire 817-905-2626

Ben VanRyn 210-385-0188



Contact Rick Gustafson 469.556.7604


16U, 17U and 18U

Contact Bruce Kirby via email or text 817-798-1173






Congrats to ALL the Seniors from 2015 Summer!

Congrats to our 2015 grads on a great career/summer with Coach Steve Thomas and the Ft. Worth Cats 


2015 Grads Drafted

Beau Burrows (Weatherford HS) - Detroit Tigers - 1st Round

Trey Teakell (Weatherford HS/TCU) - Detroit Tigers - 9th Round

Jacob Dorris (Weatherford HS/Texas A&M CC) - Houston Astros - 22nd Round


2015 Players Headed to College

Grant Adams (Midlothian HS) East TX Baptist Univ.

Austin Broce (Burleson HS) McMurry State Univ.

Wes Engle (Euless Trinity) Texas State Univ.

Chase Finley (Anson HS) San Angelo State Univ.

Jimmy Fouse (Midlothian HS) Dallas Baptist Univ.

Quaid Gunnels (Weatherford HS) Murray State

Logan Herd (LD Bell HS) Fort Hays State

Jarod Huber (Edgewood HS) Stephen F. Austin Univ.

Eric Key (Keller Fossil Ridge HS) Panola JC

Brett Mathis (Bosqueville HS) McLennan CC

Jordan Martinson (Birdville HS) Dallas Baptist Univ.

Jake McCoy (FW Country Day) Univ. of Dallas

Andrew Morales (Cedar Hill HS) Navarro JC

JB Moran (LD Bell HS) Frank Phillips College

Matthew Munoz (Euless Trinity) Navarro JC

Jon Nicholson (Abilene Cooper HS) Texas Tech Univ.

Mark Pearson (Abilene HS) Abilene Christian Univ.

Zach Pollard (Red Oak HS) East TX Baptist Univ.

Cole Sullivan (Canton HS) Northeast CC 



LHP Brandon Finnegan (TCU) 1st Round, K.C. Royals

LHP Grayson Huffman (Grayson JC) 6th Round, Toronto Blue Jays



Taco Anderson (Aledo) Brown University, R.I.

Tanner Dent (Burleson Centennial) Texas Wesleyan University

Gage Denton (Canton) Texas Wesleyan University

Ty Englehardt (Birdville) Hardin Simmons University

Juan Florez (Birdville) Western Texas College

Patrick King (Birdville) Blinn JC

Lance Ludwick (FW Arlington Heights) Texas Wesleyan University

Stetson Meek (Anson) Vernon JC

TJ Markum (Birdville) Galveston JC

Tyson Mauser (Aledo) Weatherford JC

Christopher Reed (Aledo) University of Houston

Chandler Schoelkopf (Keller Central) Texas Wesleyan University

Dylan Sweeney (Midlothian) Hardin Simmons University

Rhett Taylor (Decatur) Patrick Henry College, VA

Trevor Ward (L.D. Bell) Southern Arkansas



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



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

Ft. Worth Cats alum, Yovani Gallardo, traded to Rangers!!

Brewers trade pitcher Yovani Gallardo to Rangers

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FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2014, file photo, Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh. A person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to trade starter Gallardo to the Texas Rangers. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Yovani Gallardo is getting a chance to pitch at home.


The Milwaukee Brewerstraded Gallardo and $4 million of his $14 million salary to the Texas Rangers for infielder Luis Sardinas and right-handers Corey Knebel and Marcos Diplan on Monday.

''It definitely means a lot. I grew up here, went to high school here,'' said Gallardo, who lives in North Texas. ''I'm very excited for this opportunity and looking forward to it.''

While the deal gives the Rangers a needed proven starter in the middle of their rotation behind Yu Darvish and Derek Holland, it could also indicate the Brewers may try to pursue free-agent pitcher James Shields

Gallardo, who turns 29 next month, was 8-11 last year with a 3.51 ERA in 32 starts last season. He was 89-64 with a 3.69 ERA in an eight-year career with Milwaukee.

The right-hander's contract specifies his 2015 salary increased from $13 million to $14 million when he was traded. Gallardo is eligible for free agency in November, though there seemingly is already interest on both sides from a longer stay in Texas even without such discussions so far.

''It's something I expect we will revisit with him and his agent,'' general manager Jon Daniels said.

Gallardo said ''of course'' he would like to be pitch in Texas for more than one season, but that his focus now is getting ready for spring training.

Daniels said Gallardo was one of the pitchers the Rangers had targeted this offseason, and fills a specific need. Gallardo worked at least 180 innings in each of the last six seasons.

''The biggest thing we were lacking was innings in our rotation,'' the GM said.

Milwaukee took Gallardo in the second round of the 2004 amateur draft out of Trimble Tech High School in Fort Worth, less than 20 miles from the Rangers' ballpark.

''Yovani has been a huge part of the Brewers organization and has left a mark as one of the best pitchers in franchise history,'' Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said in a statement. ''He is a great competitor and professional who will be missed. At the same time, we have added three young and talented players to our organization.''

Gallardo's departure presumably frees up a spot for young right-hander Jimmy Nelson to join Kyle Lohse, Matt Garza, Wily Peralta and Mike Fiers in the Brewers' rotation.

Milwaukee went 82-80 last year after adding free-agent pitcher Matt Garza with a $50 million, four-year contract and burst to a 20-7 start that allowed the Brewers to open a 6 1/2-game NL Central lead and stay atop the division for five months. Milwaukee dropped out of first place on Sept. 1, lost 22 of its last 31 games and missed the playoffs.

Texas is coming off a last-place finish in the AL West. Plagued by injuries, the Rangers lost 95 games - their most since 1985 - and are hoping for a turnaround under new manager Jeff Banister, who as a coach on Pittsburgh's staff was in the same division as Gallardo the past six years.

''He was a workhorse against us. We didn't really barrel him up very good,'' Banister said. ''When he's on top of his game, the command was plus. ... More than anything else, it was the tenacity by which he pitched and he loved to compete. He really wanted to show our hitters that he was in command anytime he faced them.''


Former Ft. Worth Cat, Hunter Pence, gives Giants another awesome victory speech (Video)


SAN FRANCISCO — Hunter Pence is the emotional center of the San Francisco Giants — well, after Thursday night, make that National League champion San Francisco Giants.

Pence has pumped up both his team and its fanbase with great speeches before, one more famously profane than the rest. After theGiants beat the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the NLCS to advance to the World Series, Pence was again at the center of a scrum of players in the Giants clubhouse.

He started by saying: "At the beginning of this playoff, there's not anybody who picked us right here to go to the World Series ... It doesn't take anyone to believe in us but us right here."

The rest you can see above. Make note of Pence telling his teammates to "saddle up" because they're going to "burn it down" in the World Series. He also said the Giants have four more wins in them. Then the whole team ended in a "Yes! Yes! Yes!" chant, their pro wrestling-inspired rallying call.

About a half hour later, when Pence was talking to reporters, he was asked what he told his teammates during his speech.

His answer? "I don't know." 

Hunter Pence exists in the moment — whether he's making wild catches on the field or giving awesome speeches in the clubhouse — and the Giants are better for it.

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.

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."