2012 Season Stats - Batted .316 with a .453 on-base %. Hit 8 doubles, 2 triples and 0 home runs, knocked in 31 runs. Struck out just 20 times while walking 31.
2011 Season Stats - Batted .331 with a .462 on-base %. Hit 8 doubles, 3 triples and 1 home run, knocked in 28 runs. Struck out just 17 times while walking 26. He was selected to the All-Western State Conference First Team.
When did Mississippi State start recruiting you?
"I went on my visit about three weeks ago and I believe they started recruiting me about a month and a half ago."
How did they find out about you?
"I was being recruited by some other schools. And the head coach of the (San Luis Obispo) Blues is my assistant coach at Cuesta (College). He used to coach with (MSU head) Coach (John) Cohen at Missouri. He called Coach Cohen and told him that he felt he should give him a call. He did call me and I ended up visiting Mississippi State and liking it better than any of the other schools."
What were the things that sold you on Mississippi State?
"When I went out there I just got a really good feeling about the program. I went on the visit by myself. And I really got to see how it was on gameday there. I got to see what it was like in the locker room. I liked how everything was done and I could see myself being a part of the program. I had a really good time there. And I really respect the coaches. They made me feel really welcome. The whole team made me feel really welcome. I had a really good experience, a better experience than I had anywhere else.
"Mississippi State being in the SEC really sold me, too.
You and a current Bulldog, Adam Frazier, played on the same summer team, the San Luis Obispo Blues. Is it an added bonus that you two will be playing with each other at Mississippi State next season?
"Absolutely. We had a really good time playing together this past summer. I'm really looking forward to playing with him again."
Other than Mississippi State, what schools did you consider?
"Oregon State was the other school that I was really considering. There were some other schools that I considered but it really ended up being Mississippi State and Oregon State."
Did LSU also recruit you? I had heard that they did.
"They did. They called me but it never got to the point where they offered me."
What position did the MSU coaches say they want you to play when you get there?
"I think they want me to come in and play second. But they didn't promise me anything. I am going to have to earn my position."
I know you are considered a good hitter but you also appear to be a pretty good fielder. Last summer, you were selected to the CCL Gold Glove Team.
"I've been trying to improve my defense moreso than other things. I feel like I have improved it quite a bit and I want to improve it even more."
Going back to the MSU coaches, what did they tell you that they liked about your game?
"I think they like my swing and my hitting. I think they expect me to come in really make an impact in the lineup. And I wouldn't expect anything less. Of course solid defense is important but I think they expect me to come in and hit."
I can see why the MSU coaches expect you to come in and hit next season. Looking at your hitting stats, you've had two really good years at Cuesta College in 2011 and 2012.
"This year hasn't been as good as I wanted it to be. I went through a little slump late in the season that really hurt my season. I was hitting about .335 most of the year and slumped at the end which knocked my average down. I ended up ok but I had pretty high expectations coming into the season. Next year (at Mississippi State) I hope to improve in all aspects and hope to have a really breakout year."
One thing I noticed about your stats is you rarely strikeout and that you have an exceptional on-base percentage. Would you consider that a strength of yours?
"My eye at the plate is one of my biggest strengths. I don't swing at too many bad pitches. I would say I have a pretty good approach at bat."
I don't know if this is going to surprise you or not but the guy I compare you to is Adam Frazier. He has a good eye as well and has a very good on-base percentage, just as you do. Do you agree with that comparison?
"You know, I thought that (same thing) during the summer. I always thought that he was really good and that we had a very similar approach at the plate. We don't strike out that much and he seems to have a good eye at the plate. We get our walks and we get on base."
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