OUTLOOK: Penciled in as the starting first baseman ... Will likely see more action on the mound as a left-handed reliever and mid-week starter ...
2001: Started season at first base, appearing in 55 games, making 38 starts ... Also made two starts on the mound among his five pitching appearances ... Hit .252 with three home runs and 21 RBI ... Had three four-game hitting streaks ... Hit a game-winning home run at Vanderbilt 5/12 with a double and a season-high three hits and three RBI ... Collected eight multi-hit and four multi-RBI games ... Ranked fifth among Southeastern Conference first basemen in fielding percentage at .986 ... Had back-to-back two-hit games versus Dayton 2/24-25 ... Hit first home run and tossed a scoreless inning against Morehead State 3/6 ... Worked 3.0 innings in his first start at Tennessee Tech 4/11, allowing one unearned run on four hits ... Broke pisiform bone in left hand during practice Jan. 16, but returned to start the season opener Feb. 9 ... Hit .310 against left-handers, .239 against right-handers, .211 with runners in scoring position and had four two-out RBI.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Gulliver Prep in Miami, Fla. ... Team was ranked No. 23 in the country in the final Easton Sports National High School poll ... Hit .375 with six home runs, 18 doubles and 41 RBI as a senior ... Gulliver Prep won the National Classic Tournament in Fullerton, Calif., that pits the top 16 teams in the country together ... Gulliver Prep defeated Palm Bay of Melbourne, Fla., 7-2, for the title ... Team finished 29-5, reaching the Class 3A semifinals in 2000 ... As a junior, hit .300 with seven home runs and 40 RBI as team finished 24-8 in 1999 ... Hit .300 with two home runs and 25 RBI as a sophomore ... Played on teams that won four district titles, while finishing as state runner-up in 1999 and regional champions in 2000 ... Coached by Jorge Robles.