2007 All-American Candidate
2007 Preseason All-BIG EAST
2006 All-BIG EAST Third Team
2005 NECBL Defensive Player of the Year
2005 NECBL All-Star Game MVP
2006: Named Third-Team All-BIG EAST. Lead the team with a .332 average and 47 runs scored. Belted 14 doubles, two triples and a home run, driving in 32 and walking 37 times for a .432 OBA. Committed just seven errors. Helped set a team record for double plays (75). Had 16 sac bunts, a new single season record for the Cards, and his 35 career SAC's is also a new Cardinal standard. Started all 60 games at shortstop, playing every inning, extending his streak to 163 consecutive games in his career - missing just one hi freshman year. Set new U of L single season record with 213 assists. Had first career five hit game in semifinal of BE Championship, scoring three runs in win over Rutgers (5/26). Went 2 for 4 with a walk, an RBI, three runs scored and a record-setting 14th sac bunt in win over Seton Hall (5/20). Was 5 for 11 with five RBI in sweep of Villanova. Went 3 for 5 with a double, a run scored and an RBI in win at #8 Notre Dame (5/7). Logged a hit and a walk in seven straight games. Doubled in five straight games, smacking seven over that span. Was 2 for 3 with a pair of doubles in win over Murray (5/3). Went 2 for 4 at WKU (5/2). Belted two doubles for the second time in his career against UC (4/28), while going 6 for 10 with four runs and four doubles in the three game set with the Bearcats. Went 1 for 2 with a career-best three walks against WKU (4/25). Drove in a pair of runs in win at USF (4/15). Picked up multi-hit efforts in first two games at GU with four runs and two driven in. Was 2 for 5 with an RBI and a run scored at GU (4/7). Drove in a career-best four against UCONN (4/2), including his first home run of the season. Tripled, walked and scored three runs in a 2 for 4 effort as the Cards trounced EKU (3/29). Has made 125 consecutive starts. Was 2 for 5, with a double also scoring the game winner in a 2-0 win over Rutgers (3/24). Drove in two runs on a sac fly, two sac bunts and stole two bases in win over Ball State (3/17). Logged a 3 for 3 effort in which he walked, was hit by a pitch and added a sac bunt, driving in three runs at EKU (3/7). Was 3 for 3 with a double and a sacrifice, scoring twice in win over EMU (3/4). After wearing the collar in the opener, hit safely in the next seven games. Went 2 for 2 with a pair of walks at FAU (2/17).
2005: Hit .305 with eight doubles, 10 sac bunts and was 8 for 10 on steals, while starting every game at shortstop. Was featured in the April 18 issue for Sports Illustrated. Named defensive Player of the Year and All-Star Game MVP in NECBL over the summer. Had a career-long, and team-best 15 game hit streak. Of his 23 RBI, 12 were with two-out. Was 5 for 9 with the bases-loaded and logged 19 multi-hit games. Went 2 for 5 with a run scored in win over UAB (5/19). His 2 for 4 afternoon in win over Evansville (5/17) saw him extend his career-long hitting streak to 13 games. Scored twice in win over Wright State (5/16). Picked up a double and a single in four trips at #24 TCU (5/15), extending his hitting streak to 11 games, equalling a stretch spanning the last 11 of 2004. Went 2 for 4, scoring a run at #24 TCU (5/13). Logged a three-hit game in win over butler (5/10), scoring once and swiping a bag. Two for four with two RBI in win over Morehead (5/4). Was 2 for 3 with a run scored in win over USM (5/1). Equalled a career-high in RBI, driving in three on a 2 for 4 effort against ECU (4/17). Went 3 for 5 in win at WKU (3/5). Went 3 for 5 with two runs scored and made a spectacular play in the field against UK (3/30). Was 2 for 4 with a stolen base and a run scored against Evansville(3/16). Doubled and cleared the bases with a three-run triple in the Cards' 7-4 win over #12 Georgia (3/13). Picked up two hits and a sac bunt against Miami (3/5). Was 1 for 3 in win over Toledo, stealing a base, driving in a pair and scoring twice. Was 2 for 3 and hit by a pitch, scoring one and driving in one in win over EKU (2/23). Went 2 for 4 with a double against Kent (2/20).
2004: Produced a solid first collegiate campaign, starting all but one game in the middle infield, with 44 starts at short and 11 at second. Hit .279 with nine doubles and two home runs to go with six steals in seven attempts. Finished the season with a career-high 11-game hit streak. Launched a solo home run in loss to ECU in the C-USA Tourney(5/26). Picked up a hit and scored a run in each of the three wins at USF, driving in four on the weekend in his hometown. Was 3 for 4 with a double in win over Houston(5/15). Went 2 for 4 with a run scored against ECU(4/24). Picked up a pair of hits, scoring once at ECU(4/22). Went 3 for 5 in win over UE(4/20). His RBI single with two-out in the bottom of the ninth lifted the Cards to a 3-2 win over Charlotte(4/16). Went 3 for 5 with a tie-breaking two-run single in win over #12 Tulane(4/9). Scored three times in win over Marshall(3/30). Went 2 for 5 with an RBI and two runs scored in win over UC(3/27). Was 4 for 8 with a double, and inside-the-park home run, three RBI and four runs scored in twin-bill sweep of Murray(3/16). Moved to shortstop in wins over BSU(3/13) and UC(3/14). Drove in a pair against Cincy. Notched first three-hit game of his career against BSU(3/12). One for three with an RBI and two runs in win over MSU(3/10). Had two hits and an RBI against Illinois State(2/29). Picked up a pair of singles and drove in a run on a sac fly in win over EKU(2/25). Doubled twice, driving in two runs and scoring once in the win over SDSU(2/21).
High School: Earned four letters from the Eagles in baseball as a middle infielder. Was MVP of the 2002 Baseball America Perfect Game in Fort Myers, an event attended by the top high school prospects in the area. Started all four seasons, finishing his career third on the all-time stolen base list(55). Was the recipient of the Sandy Pete Baseball Memorial Award. Hit .349 with 24 doubles, four triples, one home run, 98 runs, 40 RBI while walking 70 times in his prep career with the Eagles. Went 10-5 with an ERA under two with five saves and 82 strikeouts on the hill in four years.
Personal: Born 4/15/85 in Tampa, Florida to Gary and Lucy Cates. Is majoring in sports administration. Would like to play or work in major league baseball after college. His greatest influence in athletics is his brother Gary Jr. who is in the Baltimore Orioles organization and one of his favorite athletes along with Figgins, Derek Jeter and Mike Vick. Likes drawing, working out, eating and PS2 in his spare time. Dubbed "Wee Man" by his Cardinal teammates. Favorite movies include all three Austin Powers flicks. Like to eat pizza, Q'Doba, Apple Jacks and Butterfingers. Favorite teams are the Yankees, Nationals, UofL and Titans. The best athlete he has ever faced is the Oakland A's Tim Hudson off of whom he singled. His dream dinner guests would be Jeter, Michael Jordan and Peyton Manning. He once shaved his head when Stone Cold Steve Austin won the WWF Championship. Went skydiving over the summer of 2005. Favorite quote is "Big things come in small packages." Is the shortest player in D-I baseball.
Career statistics for: Cates
Year Avg GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB-ATT 2004.... .279 55-55 226 35 63 9 0 2 25 20 20 6-7 2005.... .305 56-56 197 33 60 8 1 0 23 13 20 8-10 2006.... .332 60-60 232 47 77 14 2 1 32 37 15 3-9 2007.... .294 68-68 238 47 70 13 2 0 21 19 14 17-25 TOTAL... .302 239-239 893 162 270 44 5 3 101 89 69 34-51
2004.... .262 30-30 126 16 33 4 0 0 11 12 9 3-3 2005.... .267 29-29 105 14 28 4 0 0 11 5 9 2-4 2006.... .313 27-27 112 22 35 7 1 1 21 14 9 0-2 2007.... .281 27-27 89 15 25 3 1 0 5 7 7 3-6 TOTAL... .280 113-113 432 67 121 18 2 1 48 38 34 8-15