SoCon-Big South showdown scheduled for Boiling Springs
Notes: Was drafted in the 33rd round of the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the New York Yankees ... Was taken with the 998th overall pick ... Did not sign and returned to WCU for his senior season.
2016 (Redshirt Junior): Appeared in 61 of the team's 62 seasonal games with 61 starts ... Made a combined 58 starts in right field and three in center ... Named second team All-Southern Conference by both the league's head coaches and voting media ... Collected first team ABCA/Rawlings Atlantic All-Region team honors ... Tabbed third team NCBWA All-America in the outfield ... Ranked third on the team with a .326 seasonal batting average, finishing with 35 extra base hits including 13 doubles, three triples and a team-best 19 home runs (t-3rd in SoCon) ... Homered in 13 games with five, two-home run outings ... His 62 runs scored were the most by a Catamount, and ranked tied for third in the SoCon ... Finished second on the team with 60 RBI ... Drew 43 walks, tied for the team lead and tied for sixth in the league ... His .661 slugging percentage was fourth-best in the SoCon while his .442 on-base percentage was 10th-best in the league ... Finished fourth on the WCU squad with 24 multi-hit games while leading the team with 17 games with multiple RBI ... Had two, career-long eight-game hitting streaks ... Batted .800 (16-of-20) with a runner at third and less than two outs ... Ranked third on the WCU squad with 21, two-out RBI ... Tallied a 25-game reached base safely streak, the second-longest streak on the team ... Tabbed SoCon Player of the Week on March 21 after collecting eight hits in four games, leading the team with a .471 batting average with three, multi-hit games and collected nine RBI ... Selected second team All-State by the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA); Summer League: Played for the Wilson Tobs of the Coastal Plain League, appearing in five games in Wilson, going 3-for-18 (.167) with two RBI and three outfield putouts.
2015 (Junior): Transferred to Western Carolina prior to the fall of 2014 ... Sat out the 2015 season due before becoming eligible. Summer League: Played outfield for the Charles Town Cannons in the Valley Baseball League ... Hit .281 (43-for-153) through 39 games on the summer with 10 doubles and a home run ... Struck out 23 times against 11 walks and two HBPs ... Had four sacrifice flies adding to his 23 RBI total which was second on the team ... Added six stolen bases.
Career Game Highs:At Bats: 6, at Wofford (4/3/16) Hits: 3, five times: MR - UNCG (5/15/16) Runs: 3, seven times: MR - UNCG (5/14/16) Doubles: 1, 13 times: MR - vs. Wofford (5/25/16)
Triples: 2, at Indiana (3/11/16)
Home Runs: 2, five times: MR - UNCG (5/15/16)
RBI: 5, GARDNER-WEBB (3/16/16) Walks: 3, UL-MONROE (2/27/16) Hitting Streak: 8 games, twice (2016)