Scouting Report: Horned Frogs' starting catcher a year ago looks to build on a solid first season at TCU ... strong defensive catcher helps stabilize pitching staff and can quell opposing running game.
As a Junior (2002): Horned Frogs' regular starting catcher, appeared in 47 games, starting 38 behind the plate ... threw out team-high six would-be base stealers ... also recorded a pickoff ... TCU was 21-17 in his 38 starts at catcher versus just 9-12 in games he didn't start ... blasted only home run of season March 6 at Texas Tech ... went 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBI in 19-3 rout of Charlotte on March 30, while also collecting a walk and sacrifice bunt ... went 5-for-7 with three runs and three RBI combined in two games versus the 49ers ... turned in career performance versus UAB on May 4, going 3-for-3 with a double, a pair of runs and four RBI.
At Eastfield: Garnered all-America honors while helping lead Eastfield to a 43-12 record and the 2001 NJCAA national championship in 2001 ... batted .415 with 10 HR and 52 RBI ... also claimed all-conference and NJCAA Division III World Series all-tournament kudos ... coached by Jeff Lightfoot.
High School: Starred at Fort Worth's Brewer High ... named all-state as a catcher and outfielder in 1999 ... batted .420 with five home runs ... also posted an 8-1 record as a pitcher ... a three-time all-district selection ... earned three varsity letters ... coached by Terry Massey ... also lettered in football.
Personal: Full name is Justin Michael Hatcher ... born May 12, 1980 (turns 23 during season) ... son of Lori and Gene Hatcher ... father was a world-champion boxer ... enjoys fishing and hunting.