New Catcher to Join GCL Cardinals

The Golden Baseball League (GBL) announced Saturday that the St. Louis Cardinals have purchased the contract of catcher Gerard Haran from the St. George Roadrunners.

Haran will report to the Cardinals' rookie league farm team in the Gulf Coast League in Florida.

Haran, 21, finished a spectacular career with the College of New Jersey in June of this year. He ended his four years as a 3-time First Team All-American in NCAA Division III including being named National Division III Player of the Year in 2006.

Somehow overlooked in the major league amateur draft last month, the St. George Roadrunners signed him and brought him onboard just two weeks ago. Catching the eye of St. Louis Cardinals' scouts, the power hitting backstop also gunned down 5 base runners in his first 10 games.

He is coming off a tremendous 2006 campaign that saw the talented catcher earn Player of the Year honors from six different organizations, the NJAC, the NJCBA, the ECAC, the ABCA Atlantic Region, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association NCAA Division III "Position Player of the Year," and the Rawlings/ABCA National Player of the Year. In January of 2007, he will be honored by the NJ Sports Writers Association as the Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year.

He finished the 2006 season with 14 homeruns, elevating his career record to 35, a running school mark. He finished with a .415 average with 64 runs, 71 hits, 21 doubles, and 64 RBI's. He has also been hit by a pitch 17 times, another Lion record and finished with an .807 slugging percentage for the 2006 season.

On his career at New Jersey, Haran had a .385 career batting average with 170 hits, 139 runs scored, 45 doubles, 162 RBI's and a .735 career slugging percentage in 121 games played the past three seasons.

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