2002: Team co-captain who suffered through injury-plagued season, playing in just 18 games with 13 starts at catcher and three as the designated hitter ... Hit .200 with four doubles and seven RBI ... Was lost for the season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to address right shoulder pain in April ... Missed 15 games early in the campaign after breaking the hamate bone in his right hand against Bowling Green State 2/16 ... Returned to the lineup 3/19 against Cincinnati as a pinch hitter and served as the DH for three games before getting back behind the plate 3/31 at Georgia ... Caught the next five games before leaving the Kentucky contest 4/7 with a sore shoulder ... Managed to collect three multi-hit games with a three-hit contest versus Kentucky 4/6 ... Also had two doubles, two RBI while scoring three times against the Wildcats ... Hit .227 with three doubles and two RBI in seven SEC games ... Had two multi-RBI contests, driving in a season-high three runs at Miami 2/2 on two hits, including a double ... Recorded a two-hit game versus Arizona State 2/9.
2001: First-team Freshman All-America (Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball, Baseball Weekly) ... Second-team Freshman All-America (Baseball America) ... Knoxville Regional All-Tournament Team ... USA Baseball National Team member ... Had 17 multi-hit games and 12 multi-RBI contests ... Had six four-game hitting streaks ... Listed on Johnny Bench Award watch list for the top collegiate catcher ... Started 61 of 63 games played, missing three following an injured right hamstring against Florida 3/10 ... Hit .296 while ranking third with seven home runs and driving in 45 runs ... Led the Southeastern Conference with eight runners picked off ... Hit three of his home runs in a four-game stretch from 3/27-4/1 against Western Carolina and Auburn ... Hit in 30 of his last 41 games, raising average from .258 to .296 ... Went 4-for-4 against Tennessee Tech 5/26 in the Knoxville Regional ... Slugged a home run and collected four RBI versus Georgia in the College World Series ... Had two other four-RBI games at Florida 3/9 and Western Carolina 3/27 ... Had three consecutive two-hit games in the Georgia series, going 6-for-12 ... Was first true freshman to start at catcher for UT since Shawn McDonnell in 1989 ... Hit .207 against left-handers, .329 against right-handers, .400 with the bases loaded, .387 with runners in scoring position and a team-high 22 two-out RBI ... Also hit .737 (14-for-19) with a runner at third and less than two out.
2001 USA BASEBALL: One of two catchers for Team USA in the summer of 2001 that compiled a 21-7-1 record ... Was the only player from the Southeastern Conference on the squad ... Hit .128 (5-for-39) with a double, two runs scored and three RBI in 16 games ... Had a two-run double in 13-4 win versus the Torrington Twisters 7/16 ... Collected his third RBI against Taiwan 7/21 while scoring a run ... Threw out 30 percent of potential base stealers.
HONORS AND AWARDS:
2001 First Team Freshman All-America (Collegiate Baseball, Baseball Weekly)
2001 Second Team Freshman All-America (Baseball America)
2001 USA Baseball National Team Member
2001 Knoxville NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team
2002 Team co-captain
2003 Team co-captain
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Gulliver Prep in Miami, Fla. ... Picked by the Boston Red Sox in the 42nd round of the 2000 draft ... Rated as the No. 49 prospect in Florida by Baseball America ... Hit .350 as a senior with five home runs and 39 RBI ... Team was ranked No. 23 in the country in the final Easton Sports National High School poll ... 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 ... Was a three-time Miami Herald All-Dade County selection ... Honorable mention All-State in 2000 ... Team finished 29-5, reaching the Class 3A semifinals in 2000 ... As a junior in 1999, the team captain hit .380 with five home runs and 39 RBI as his team finished 24-8 and runner-up for the Southeastern Activities Conference title ... Teams won three straight district titles, including a runner-up finish in the state championship title game in 1998 ... Hit .375 as a sophomore and .350 as a freshman ... 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.