The sixth weekly update of Marshall players with MLB organizations
The fifth weekly update of Marshall players with MLB organizations
The fourth weekly update of Marshall players with MLB organizations
The third weekly update of Marshall players with MLB organizations
The second weekly update of Marshall players with MLB organizations
Career Notes: Primary centerfielder for the Thundering Herd as a true freshman...gifted athlete and excellent fielder with superior range...tremendous leader on and off the field...holds four individual records: career triples which he set against Liberty (4/1/2012), triples in a season (seven, 2011), career walks which he set against Tulane (4/27/2013), and walks in a season (43, 2012)...ranks second all-time in Marshall history with 64 career stolen bases, fourth all-time with 722 at-bats, fourth all-time with 211 hits, fourth all-time with 144 runs scored, and ninth all-time with 287 total bases...ranks fifth in single-season stolen bases (21 in 2012)...connected for a homer for his first collegiate hit at Samford (2/19/2010) in his second at-bat...started 9-for-9 in stolen bases...drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 36th round of the 2011 Major League Amateur Draft, following his sophomore season...All-Conference USA first team selection following senior season...drafted by the Washington Nationals with the final pick of the 15th round in the 2013 MLB Draft (466th overall), becoming the second player from the 2013 club to receive a selection.
2013: Named All-Conference USA first team after successful senior season...started 53 of Marshall's 54 games, batting leadoff in the first 42 and third for the final 11...led Marshall in hitting (.328), on-base percentage (.438), slugging percentage (.433), hits (66), walks (37), doubles (17), runs (40), and stolen bases (13)...ranked third in C-USA in OBP and doubles, fourth in walks, runs, and stolen bases, eighth in batting average, and ninth in total hits...within league action, was second in doubles, third in walks, fourth in OBP, and 10th in slugging...ranked 55th in the nation in walks and 78th in doubles at the end of the season...started off the season cold, hitting .179 (5-for-28) in the month of February but responded by hitting .343 (24-for-70) in March, .343 (23-for-67) in April, and a ridiculous .389 (14-for-36) in May...batted a team-high .337 with 10 doubles in conference action...batted .333 (8-for-24) against nationally ranked opposition (No. 8 Kentucky, No. 19 Houston, No. 20 Rice)...strung together 28 straight games of reaching base from March 2 to April 20...also had a 13-game hitting streak during that time...broke Marshall's career walks record of 120 (4/27), finishing the season with 129...18 multiple-hit games, including three three-hit games...drove in the winning run on a walkoff single in the bottom of the 11th against Tulane (4/26)...scored four runs against Central Michigan (3/15)...had three RBI's against North Carolina A&T (2/24)...recorded outfield assists against NC A&T (2/21) and UCS Upstate (3/3), throwing a runner out at the plate each time...hit four doubles in the opening C-USA series against UAB (3/29-3/31)...hit safely in his last seven games and went 8-for-14 (.571) in his last four games in a Herd uniform...sat out the final game of his career due to illness.
2012: Made 53 starts in centerfield, serving as the leadoff hitter in 48 games...batted .308 for the year with 24 RBIs, 40 runs, and 21 stolen bases...ended the year second in Conference USA in walks (43), second in stolen bases (21), second in triples (four), and fifth in on-base percentage (.448)...his 43 walks set a new Marshall single-season record...connected for two homers against Canisius before recording a five-hit game later that day against Bryant (2/18)...registered 16 multihit games...matched his single-game best three stolen bases against Liberty (3/31)...became Marshall's all-time triples leader a day later (4/1) when he and the Herd roared back from a six-run deficit against Liberty...finished the season on a six-game hitting streak which matched his season best...went 7-for-8 in the final two games of the campaign.
2011: Started all 51 games...batted .283 (53-for-187)...led the team in stolen bases (18-for-23) and triples (seven)...scored 40 times and batted in 29 runs...slugged .397 with four doubles, seven triples, and one homerun...his seven triples tied the Marshall single-season record...recorded 13 multi-hit games with two three-hit games (at Virginia on 3/8 and at Memphis on 4/29) and one four-hit game (at Ohio on 3/12)...batted in eight runs against Ohio (3/12) on two singles, a triple, and a grand slam...stole three bags against Eastern Kentucky (3/29)...enters the 2012 season on a four-game hit streak...reached base in his last 12 games of 2011.
2010: Made 39 starts and played in 51 games...hit .230 (32-for-139)...scored 24 times and knocked in 17 runs...roped three doubles, three triples and two homers...collected a .265 (13-for-49) batting average in conference play...was 12-of-15 on stolen base attempts...posted five multi-hit games and three contests of two-or-more RBI...went 3-for-6 with a double, triple and three RBI at Samford (2/21)...slapped three hits and scored two runs at UAB (4/11).
Summer League: Played for the Willmar Stingers of the Northwoods League...saw game action in 60 games in the outfield...selected to the Northwoods North vs. South All-Star Game...knocked in the game winning run...finished the season with a .269 (58-for-216) batting average...scored 45 runs, legged out five triples and drove in 37 runs...was 24-for-27 on stolen bases.
High School: Played baseball, basketball and football at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy...three-time All-Tidewater Conference and All-Virginia Independent Schools selection in baseball and four-time selection in basketball...named 2008 TCIS Football Player of the Year...2009 Under Armour All-American selection for baseball...invited to the USA Baseball Tournament of Stars...two-time Richmond Times-Dispatch VISAA All-State first team honoree...led team in runs (33) on-base (.548) and fielding (.951) percentage in 2009...senior year hit .397 with 23 hits (10 extra bases), 19 RBI and drew 18 walks...was a perfect 28-for-28 in stolen bases...collected nine multi-run, eight multi-stolen base and five multi-hit games in final season...batted .434 as a junior and .442 as a sophomore...swiped 100 stolen bases in four-year varsity career...finished NSA's all-time leading scorer in basketball with 2,132 points...participated in the Perfect Game WWBA World Championship in Juniper, Fla....honor roll student.
Personal: Born March 17, 1990...son of Bill and Brenda Ballou...has two sisters: Kimberly and Lindsey Nicole...majoring in business.