Veteran switch-hitting middle infielder and returning starting second baseman • A .290 career hitter seasoned with 114 starts (88 at second, 21 at shortstop, one at third base and four as the DH) in 140 career games played • Opened 43 games at second base in 2009 • Paced MSU's fall scrimmages with three home runs and nine extra-base hits • One of four Floridians on the 2010 squad • Three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
Middle infielder who ranked second on the team with 50 starts and 52 games played • Started 43 games at second base, one game each at shortstop and third base and two games as the DH • Compiled a career-best .335 batting average, ranking among the team leaders and setting career-highs with 59 hits and 37 RBI • Totaled 14 multi-hit games, establishing a career best for hits in a game during a 4-for-4 plate performance against Valparaiso (Mar. 11) • Tied a school doubles record with three two-baggers against Valparaiso • Opened the season with a pair of six-game hitting streaks in the first 15 games • Later matched a career-best with a seven-game hitting streak over the final eight games of the season • Had three or more hits in a game six times and three or more RBI in a game seven times • Set a career-high with five RBI in a 2-for-3 game at UAB (Apr. 7) that included a career-first grand slam home run • Belted a walk-off three-run home run in MSU's 9-7 win over North Florida (Feb. 22) • Also launched a two-run blast at South Alabama (Mar. 24) and a solo shot against Auburn (Apr. 5) • Ranked third on the team and set a career-high with six stolen bases in 10 attempts • Fielded at a .945 clip with 11 errors in 199 defensive chances • Compiled a team-best .357 batting average with runners in scoring position • Hit .307 and drew starts in 27 of 28 SEC games, ranking second on the team with 36 hits and 26 RBI and third with a .491 conference-only slugging percentage • Earned a berth on the 2009 SEC Academic Honor Roll • Also named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VI team • Played summer league baseball in 2009 for Tallahatchie (Miss.) in the Cotton States League.
Switch-hitting middle infielder who played in 55 of MSU's 56 games • Hit .271 with 23 runs scored and 24 RBI • Hit safely in 33 of games and drove in at least one run in 18 games • Drew 45 starts, all at second base, replacing injured preseason All-American Brandon Turner • Made his first career start at second base in the series finale against Air Force (Mar. 2) • Went 2-for-5 in that game against the Falcons for the first of his 16 multiple-hit games • Raised his batting average to a season-best .371 during a career-longest seven-game hitting streak (Mar. 18-28) that ended with three straight two-hit games • Drove in three runs against Baylor (3/19) for the first of his five multiple-RBI games • Walked, singled and doubled and scored three runs in MSU's 13-4 win over Austin Peay (Apr. 1) • Matched that career-high with three runs scored against Vanderbilt (Apr. 11) • Went 4-for-7 (.571) in two-game series against South Alabama (Mar. 25-26) and 4-for-8 (.500) in three-game set against South Carolina (Mar. 21-23) • Delivered his lone home run of the year and third of his career with a solo blast at Middle Tennessee State (May 7) • Ripped three of his eight extra-base hits over the final eight games of the season • Credited with two game-winning RBI after stroking leading-producing hits against Mississippi Valley State (Mar. 12) and UAB (Mar. 18) • Doubled in the go-ahead run against MVSU • Helped spark MSU's comeback win over the Blazers with a pair of fifth-inning singles • Hit .259 in 30 SEC games (28 starts), ranking third on the club with 28 hits • Named to the 2008 SEC Baseball Academic Honor Roll • Played summer league baseball with the Newport Gulls in the New England Collegiate Baseball League.
One of four true freshmen to play for the Bulldogs in 2007, seeing playing time in 35 games while drawing starts in 22 games (20 at shortstop and two as the designated hitter) • Hit .245 with 12 RBI and six extra-base hits in 35 games played • Made his collegiate debut as a pinch-runner in State's season-opener against Murray State (Feb. 23) • Drew his first two career starts as the designated hitter against Southern Miss (Apr. 24-25), going 5-for-9 with a double, a home run and three RBI in the two-game series • Singled and scored in his first career at-bat in a season-best 3-for-5 plate performance against USM (Apr. 24) • Also doubled and homered in that initial game as a starter • Belted a solo home run in the opening game of MSU's final regular season series against Alabama (May 17) • Moved into MSU's regular starting lineup in the series finale at Ole Miss (Apr. 29), singling in the game-winning run in the school-record 17-inning game • Started 20 of MSU's final 21 games • Hit .273 and registered 24 of his 25 hits as a starter • Drew nine starts at shortstop in his 15 SEC games played, posting a .233 batting average • Delivered a hit in five of MSU's seven NCAA tournament games • Notched his second GWRBI when he lashed a two-run double in MSU's Super Regional-clinching 8-5 win over Clemson • Had a hand in 10 double plays in 20 starts at shortstop • Fashioned a pair of five-game hitting streaks in May • Honored in Omaha for having the highest grade-point average (4.0) among the 200 athletes at the 2007 NCAA College World Series • One of five Bulldogs named to the 2007 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll.
Two-year standout middle infielder at Tate High School • Coached by Todd Boyd • Posted a .390 batting average as a senior en route to Baseball Factory and Team One All-American team selection • Among select group picked to play in the AFLAC All-American Classic Showcase in Baltimore, Md. • Recipient of the Travis Fryman Outstanding Player Award at THS • Nominee for the Wendy's National High School Heisman Award • Recipient of the 2006 Pensacola Sports Association Scholar-Athlete Award • Selected to play in the 2006 Florida Diamond Club All-Star Game in Tampa, Fla. • Batted .400 with 32 hits as a junior, helping lead the THS Aggies to a 28-2 mark, the 2005 Florida 4A State Championship and a No. 13 national ranking by Baseball America • Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the National Honor Society • Named to the Tate High School Hall of Fame • Selected to play in the 2005 Florida Diamond Club All-Star Game in Tampa, Fla., the National Blue-Grey Classic in Tampa Bay, Fla., and on the Dixie National Team at the USA Baseball Junior National Trials conducted in Joplin, Mo.
Born James Eugene Butler III on October 6, 1987 in Pensacola, Fla. • Son of Karen and Skip Butler of Pensacola, Fla. • Father played baseball at Mississippi College and a sister, Charity, played professional softball for the Michigan Ice • Majoring in physical education.