Senior corner infielder poised to return to action after sitting out the 2010 campaign following back surgery • Former Meridian Community College teammate of MSU junior catcher Wes Thigpen • Enjoyed another productive summer of baseball playing for Cal Ripken Sr. Collegiate Baseball League champ Bethesda (Md.) Big Train.
Sat out the campaign as a redshirt after undergoing back surgery during the 2009-10 semester break • Returned to Bethesda, Md., for summer league baseball, teaming with Ryan Collins, Cody Freeman and Nick Vickerson for the Cal Ripken Sr. Collegiate Baseball League champion Big Train • Hit .304 with a team-best .494 on-base percentage.
Corner infielder who saw playing time in 20 games • Summer signee out of Meridian Community College who drew seven starts, six at third base and one at first base • Opening day starter at third base against Northern Illinois (Feb. 20) • Doubled in a run in his first MSU at-bat • Also hit safely against North Florida (Feb. 21), Mississippi Valley State (Feb. 25), at Hawaii (Mar. 8) and in MSU's 8-7 win over second-ranked LSU (May 15) • Registered his first multiple-hit game with two singles at Hawaii (Mar. 8) • Hit .182 in his MSU debut season, .125 in league competition • Played in seven SEC games and made his lone league start at Georgia (Mar. 21) • Teamed with Bulldogs Luke Adkins and Cody Freeman on the Cal Ripken Sr. Collegiate Baseball League champion Bethesda (Md.) Big Train team, hitting .366 with a CRSL-best six home runs • Tabbed by Baseball America as that league's No. 8 pro prospect.
Two-year infielding standout at Meridian Community College • Coached by Chris Rose • Earned all-district and All-Region 23 honors as a shortstop after helping lead the Eagles to the 2008 MACJC state championship • Hit .375, Meridian CC's third-best batting average • Also ranked second with 14 home runs • Set school record for times hit by a pitch in a season (41) and career (60) • Hit .407 with 40 RBI, 19 extra-base hits and a .492 on-base percentage en route to second-team all-state honors as a freshman in 2007 • Member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.
Three-year starting shortstop and four-year letter-winner at Madison Central High School • A two-time all-state honoree, all-district and Jackson area all-Metro pick • Coached by Gregg Perry • Hit .435 and drove in 51 runs as a senior, helping lead the Jaguars to a 28-10 record, a team's fourth consecutive district crown and the North State Championship • A 2006 Clarion-Ledger "Dandy Dozen" selection • Played summer league baseball with the Jackson 96ers, helping lead his team to the NABF World Series title in 2006 • Earned All-NABF World Series and World Series MVP honors that season • High school teammate of 2009 Bulldogs Scott DeLoach and Nick Hardy.
Born Jarrod Emerson Parks on May 24, 1988 in Jackson, Miss. • Son of Vicki and Marty Parks of Madison, Miss. • Majoring in business administration.