Chiefs Chatter #8 – Meet 2B Mason Katz

As Spring Training approaches we are going to use this blog space to introduce you to potential 2014 Peoria Chiefs players. We do not have any inside information on our roster and nothing will be official until the end of March. But with spring training on the way it is time to get familiar with some faces and names that we could see on the diamond in Peoria this summer. Over the next few weeks we’ll take a look at 2012 and 2013 draftees plus foreign born players who excelled in State College, Johnson City and GCL Cardinals in 2013 plus some possible players returning to Peoria. If you missed any of our previous installments, catch up with: Alex ReyesCarson KellyRob KaminskyOscar MercadoSteven RamosMike Mayers and Kenneth Peoples-Walls.

Today we introduce you to 4th round pick in 2013 and former LSU star, Mason Katz.

Mason Katz, 2B Ht: 5’10 Wt: 188 Bats: Right Throws: Right
DOB: 8/23/89 Resides: Harahan, LA
Twitter: @MasonKatz58
Acquired: Drafted in 4th round in 2013 out of Louisiana State University   

Preseason/Offseason:

  • Ranked by Baseball America as the Cardinals #4 prospect at 2nd base behind Kolten Wong, Jacob Wilson and Breyvic Valera
  • Ranked by Baseball America as the best pure hitter and 2nd best power hitter in the Cardinals 2013 draft class
  • Ranked by CardinalsFarm as the #33 prospect in the system
  • Ranked by Brian Walton of TheCardinalNation.com as the #40 prospect
  • Participated in the Cardinals Fall Instructional League in Jupiter, FL including some time at first base.

 2013:

  • Hit .249 in 56 games for the State College Spikes with two homers, 13 doubles, 27 runs scored and 23 RBI
  • Hit .279 against lefties and was 4-for-7 with 10 RBI with the bases loaded
  • Made his pro debut as a pinch-hitter on June 25 against Jamestown and singled
  • Drove in first run on July 1 at Williamsport
  • Hit first professional home run on July 15 at Hudson Valley and went deep again four days later against Lowell
  • Drove in a run in three straight games July 6-9
  • Had three straight 2-hit games July 18-20
  • Collected two doubles on July 31, August 4 and August 6
  • Had first 3-hit game on August 8 with two doubles and a RBI
  • Had two 5-game hitting streaks in August going 5-for-15 August 16-20 and 6-for-21 with five RBI August 22-27
  • Drove in three runs on August 25 against Auburn
  • Went 10-for-23 (.435) in six playoff games for State College with two homers, nine RBI, one double and three runs scored
  • Led the NYPL playoffs in batting average, hits, home runs, RBI and total bases
  • Drove in five runs in the first-round playoff series win over Jamestown including three RBI in game one
  • Homered in the fifth inning of game one of the NYPL Finals against Tri-City to tie the game
  • Hit a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 9th inning in game three to draw State College within 4-3 of Tri-City but State College could not get another run and lost the game and series
  • Katz drove in all three Spikes runs in game three while going 3-for-4

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College:

  • Named first-team All-American in 2013
  • Ranked 9th on LSU career list with 52 doubles and 10th with 180 RBI
  • Played in 206 games at LSU batting .341 with 33 home runs
  • Graduated with a degree in Sports Administration
  • Named to the 2013 and 2012 SEC Academic Honor Roll and the 2013 SEC Community Service Team
  • Started 60 games at first base and eight at second in 2013 batting .370 with 16 home runs, 14 doubles, 70 RBI and 53 runs
  • Led SEC in RBI, Home Runs and with a .642 slugging percentage
  • Finished second in total bases (156), third in OBP (.464), fourth in batting average and fourth in hits (90)
  • Hit .469 in SEC games with eight home runs
  • Homered in the College World Series going 3-for-5 with two RBI in the Tigers two games
  • Named to NCAA Baton Rouge All-Tournament Team batting .400 with a home run and four RBI
  • Named National and SEC Player of the Week twice during the season on March 18 and April 1
  • Homered twice on March 15 at Mississippi State including a 10th inning game winner..
  • Became the first LSU player to homer in five straight games since 1998 when he went deep seven times in five games March 9-16
  • Drive in a career-high six runs February 22 against SE Louisiana
  • Played first base and the outfield in 2012 batting .320 with 13 home runs, 15 doubles, 65 runs scored and 52 RBI
  • Led SEC in runs and finished top 10 in HR (3) and RBI (6)
  • Finished fourth in the SEC with a .552 slugging and total bases with 133..Hit .368 with RISP
  • Hit two home runs in NCAA Super Regional  Game 1 against Stony Brook, both in extra innings, the second a walk-off
  • Hit his first LSU grand slam on April 28 against Georgia in the 8th inning for a 6-4 lead
  • Named Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week March 5, 2012 after hitting .684 (13-for-19) in five games with three homers, eight RBI, eight extra base hits and a 1.421 slugging percentage
  • Reached base in 17 straight plate appearances going 10-for-10 with three doubles, two homers, nine runs and seven walks falling one PA short of the NCAA record set in 2002
  • Finished second in the NCAA Home Run Derby in Omaha
  • Played right field and first base as a sophomore in 2011 batting .337 with 21 doubles, four home runs, 53 RBI and 40 runs scored
  • Hit .343 in the SEC and finished top 10 in doubles (5th) and RBI (8th)
  • Hit .318 as a freshman in 23 games with five RBI and 11 runs scored while playing left field in the post-season
  • Went 6-for-16 in the 2010 SEC Tournament and  4-for-8 in the NCAA Los Angeles Regional including three this and a double against UC Irvine.

HS/Personal:

  • Named 1st team All-State in Louisiana Class 5A in 2008 and 2009
  • Hit .410 with seven home runs in 2009
  • Helped Jesuit High School to a second place state finish in 5A in 2008 hitting .410 with 13 home runs and 39 RBI
  • Jesuit won the State Championship in 2007 with Katz as a sophomore.

Professional Career Highs
Hits: 3, August 8 at Staten Island
Runs: 2, last, August 9 at Brooklyn
Home Runs: 1, many times, last July 19 vs. Lowell
RBI: 3, August 25 vs. Auburn
Doubles: 2, last, August 8 at Staten Island
Triples: 1, August 9 at Brooklyn
Walks: 1, Many Times
Strikeouts: 3, last August 14 vs. Mahoning Valley
Stolen Bases: 2, July vs. Batavia
Hit Streak: 5, August 22-27

Video of Katz
Cox Sports TV piece April 2012
College World Series Home Run

LSU Profile

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