CANBERRA, ACT - When a Major League Baseball organisation like the Houston Astro's heard about ex-Cavalry infielder Jeremy Barnes and his ACT Baseball development program; they knew they had to have him.
Jeremy's success on but more importantly off the baseball diamond in Canberra has secured him a position within the Astro's organisation as a minor league hitting coach.
According to Jeremy, the Astro's heard about the work he was doing in Canberra and thought he would be a good fit.
"It came out of the blue for me and it's a huge honour," Jeremy said.
"I will be the hitting coach for the New York-Penn League which is a short season Class A ball."
The New York-Penn League is a minor league baseball league that operates in the northeastern United States. It is classified as a Class A Short Season league that starts in June, after major league teams have signed their amateur draft picks to professional contracts, and ends in early September.
"Getting into pro-ball is not easy and especially for someone like myself who left America to come to Australia but it's a great opportunity to now be a part of the minor leagues," Jeremy said.
"It is where I want to be especially as an individual trying to further my career and pursue the highest level of baseball."
Jeremy will remain in Canberra until March but will have commitments in between Australia and Houston leading up to Spring Training.
"I will be based in West Palm Beach, Florida for extended Spring Training until June and then head to Troy, New York for the Short Season.
"It's all happened so quickly that I am still working through all the details."
Canberra Cavalry CEO, Donn McMichael congratulated Jeremy for on his success.
"Jeremy has been instrumental to the Cavalry and ACT Baseball and will be sorely missed by the organisation and the kids he has coached but his legacy will forever be with us," Donn said.
"This not only reflects positively on Jeremy but also what has been achieved in Canberra for baseball and the community."
Despite the spotlight shining brightly on Jeremy and his signing as a coach with the Astro's, he stated he owes it all to ACT Baseball.
"This opportunity would never have come around unless it was due to my involvement with ACT Baseball," Jeremy said.
"I had relatively new ideas and got to test them out and set-up my own program and figure out what I believe works on a baseball field."
"More importantly, this opportunity demonstrates how far ACT Baseball and the programs have come, that's the most important thing to me," he said.
ACT Baseball in the last year has seen Kai Cooper-Vassalakis and Campbell Quirk sign with American College's, Brad Inglis sign with the Boston Red Sox organisation and young stars like Brodie Vassalakis, Hayden Calvert and Mitchell Edwards Play with the Canberra Cavalry.
"We have had a lot of success and can expect more, long after I have gone," he said.
Jeremy has plenty of baseball experience making it to AAA-level in the Philadelphia Phillies organisation and both his hitting and defence were a critical addition to the Cavalry.
Jeremy played for the Cavalry in their 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2015/16 season. In October 2014, he took over the ACT Baseball coaching and development program.
Jeremy will also be moving back to America with his wife, Lauren, who has supported him and the Cavalry for the last four years.
Keith Ward Assistant Coach of the Canberra Cavalry has been appointed as Barnes's replacement.
Ward has extensive experience in the Academy Program, at one time fulfilling the role of assistant coach to Trevor Schumm for three years.
"We are very lucky to have such a high quality replacement to Jeremy immediately available to us" Donn said.