Resides: Buena Vista, Ga.
How acquired: Selected by Red Sox in fifth round of 2002 draft
Career notes: Third baseman made pro debut with GCL Red Sox last summer, batting .222 with six home runs and 28 RBI in 203 at-bats. ... Rated as the No. 19 prospect in the organization by Baseball America. ... Attended Southland Academy High School in Americus, Ga. ... In first full pro season, is second in the South Atlantic League with a .350 average.
Family: Parents, Chris and Kay; brother Chip (23).
Q: What's it like for you playing in your home state?
A: Great. My friends and family see me play makes me enjoy it a lot more.
Q: Have your family and friends been making regular trips to Augusta?
A: Yeah, they've already made a lot of trips here, and when we went to South Georgia, there was about 200, 300 there each game, at least. People from my hometown and my high school town.
Q: I read you were a football player - a quarterback - in high school, too?
A: Yep. Played football and basketball.
Q: Did you have a chance to play other sports in college?
A: Yeah, I had a bunch of offers to smaller schools. I really wasn't interested. I just wanted to play baseball.
Q: Dawgs or Yellow Jackets?
Q: What's your hometown like?
A: Small. One red light. You know pretty much everyone in town.
Q: Do they indoor plumbing down there?
Q: Do the people wear shoes there?
Q: Shoes. Do they wear shoes in Buena Vista?
A: Yeah. They wear shoes.
Q: Is Buena Vista close to Plains?
A: Plains is probably 20 minutes from Buena Vista, and about five, 10 minutes from Americus?
Q: Ever run into Billy Carter or President Carter? How about Amy or Roz?
A: Well, my grandparents own a 3 to 4 acre farm in Plains, so I'm in plains a good bit.
Q: Let's test your Spanish. What does Buena Vista mean?
A: Good view.
Q: Did you ever imagine at 19, you'd not only be playing in this league but would be contending for a batting title?
A: No, not really.
Q: What do you attribute that to?
A: Just working hard - having to work hard my whole life and working for everything I have. My parents making me work hard and teaching me good manners and everything.
Q: Dan Reeves or Chan Gailey?
A: I don't really know either one of them. Both played in Americus, but I have no favorite, really.
Q: Who's the most famous graduate of your school, besides you?
A: The year before I graduated, Brent Carter went to Alabama they just won the SEC (in baseball) for the second time. He's doing real good.
- Rob Mueller