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The Collegiate Baseball publication annually picks “players to watch” for the upcoming season. And, in scanning over 200 rosters from NAIA schools, three of those players they deemed with the most potential will be suiting up for the St. Catharine College Patriots this spring.
Travis Adams, a junior right-handed pitcher, along with junior first baseman Patrick Jones and sophomore catcher Jared Yates, were tabbed by the national magazine. “It is nice to see these players recognized,” said Patriots’ skipper Luther Bramblett, whose team will open the 2009 season Feb. 20 at home against Grace College. “We have our main power guy in there along with our all-time career leader in wins and an all-region catcher.”
Adams will return to St. Catharine after a year at Western Kentucky where he pitched in seven games for the Hilltoppers before an injury led him to take a medical redshirt year. With 19 career victories, 10 in 2006 and nine in 2007, Adams, an Allen County- Scottsville product, leads the Patriots in career victories.
Jones, a Henry Clay High School graduate, led the team in home runs (11) last year and runs batted in (41). He was the leading hitter on the team his freshman year with a .400 average. In that freshman season he had three homers and 34 RBIs.
During his freshman season in 2008, Yates replaced Jones as the team’s leading hitter as he batted .431. He also led the team in on base percentage at .529. But Yates’ prowess at the plate was outdone by his work behind the dish where he turned in an excellent defensive season. With a fielding average of .996 Yates made only one error the entire season. For his efforts, Yates, a North Hardin High School graduate who transferred last year from the University of Louisville, garnered all-region honors.
The Patriots started practice Monday in preparation for the season opener.