#15 Jaron Shepherd
Position: OF
Bats: L
Throws: R
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 180
Year: Senior
Hometown: Kilgore, TX
High School: Kilgore HS
Other College: Navarro [TX] CC
Experience: 1 Letter

Fleet-footed left-handed hitter and one of two returning starters in the outfield • Bulldog regular in center field with the versatility and speed to also defend the field in left or right • Third-most stolen bases (seven) in his MSU debut season • Two-time MLB draft selection • Among 14 Diamond Dogs with Academic All-SEC honors during their career.

Played in 50 of MSU's 56 games in his first season at State, drawing 36 starts (35 in center field and one in right field) • Hit .250 with 34 hits, 11 for extra-bases, and 34 RBI, fourth-most on the team • Opening day starter against Rhode Island (Feb. 19) in center field, lacing a single in his first career at-bat • Reached base in four of his five plate appearances and drove in his first career run with a groundout in that game against URI • Credited with the game-winning RBI in consecutive games in the BankFirst Baseball Challenge against Southeast Missouri (Mar. 6) and Michigan State (Mar. 7) • Ranked third on the club with seven stolen bases in 11 attempts • As a ninth-inning pinch-runner pilfered a pair of bases and scored the winning run in the series-clinching 11-10 win against Georgia (Mar. 28) • Compiled a season-best seven-game hitting streak (Apr. 17-30), registering four of his eight two-hit games during the span (11-for-25, 7 runs, 10 RBI) • Laced a double and legged out a career-first triple against Jackson State (Apr. 6) • Registered his first game with two doubles in the series-opener at Auburn (May 7) and launched his first career home run in the finale at Auburn (May 9) • Had hits in 25 of his 50 games played • Second on the team with 13 multi-RBI games, with six of those coming in the final 11 games • Drove in three runs against both Western Kentucky (Mar. 10) and at Auburn (May 7) and collected a season-high four RBI in a 2-for-3 plate performance at Alabama (Apr. 25) •  Hit .263 with 19 RBI in 27 SEC games played (21 starts)Joined 13 other Diamond Dogs on the 2010 SEC Academic Honor Roll.

Played in the outfield two years at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas • Coached by Whoa Dill • Speedy center fielder who saw limited playing time in an injury-shortened sophomore season in 2009 • Hit .442 with 19 hits and 12 RBI • A 44th round pick of the Cincinnati Reds in the 2009 draft • Earned Texas Eastern Athletic Conference honors as a freshman in 2008, hitting .343 with 12 doubles, three triples and four home runs with 15 stolen bases • Helped lead the Bulldogs to a school-best 48-9 record and a conference title • Rated as the No. 2 junior college baseball player in Texas • A 17th-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2008 • Played summer league baseball in 2008 with the Coppell Copperheads of the Texas Collegiate League, leading his team with 11 extra-base hits.

A three-sport standout at Kilgore High School • Two-time team offensive MVP playing for coaches Jeff Blackstone and Tim Harkrider • Compiled a .500 batting average and a .985 on-base percentage in district competition as a senior in 2007 • Hit .524 in district play as a junior, earning All-East Texas and all-region honors as an outfielder • Also a three-year standout for the Kilgore High School football Bulldogs, twice earning first-team all-district and All-East Texas honors • Named defensive newcomer of the year on Kilgore's 2004 state championship team.

Selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 17th round of Major League Baseball's 2008 first-year player draft and by the Cincinnati Reds in the 44th round of MLB's 2009 draft.

Born Jaron Jordan Shepherd on October 30, 1988 in Indianapolis, Ind. • Son of Janda and Ronald Shepherd of Kilgore, Texas • Father was a second-round draft pick of the Toronto Blue Jays and played for the Blue Jays from 1984 to 1986 • Majoring in sociology.

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