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.