|| Joe Ayers
General: Will give the Cardinal added depth and versatility in the infield with his ability to play second, third or shortstop One of the team's better defensive infielders with one of the top arms on the team Expected to see his first collegiate game action this season as a much improved offensive player A line drive type of hitter with occasional power and above average speed.
As A Sophomore In 2005: Hitless in his only at bat.
Individual Game Notes (2005)
1/29 vs. Fresno State - Struck out in his first collegiate at bat and debut with the Cardinal
High School: A 2003 graduate of Juneau Douglas High School A two-sport standout in baseball and basketball, lettering all four years in both sports Selected All-Southeast Conference four times and All-State on three occasions (2001, '02, '03) Named the 2002 Most Valuable Player for the state of Alaska when he hit .364 Named to the All-District 8 team by the American Baseball Coaches Association in 2003, hitting .429 with three homers, 11 RBI and 11 stolen bases Led his baseball team to back-to-back state titles (2002, '03) Played point guard and shooting guard in basketball Named to the 2003 Southeast Conference Basketball All-Tournament squad Earned All-State honorable mention honors in basketball as a senior and was nominated for the McDonald's All-American basketball game Coached in baseball by his father, Jim Ayers.
Other Amateur Baseball: Played two years for the Edmonds Shockers Connie Mack team (2002, '03), leading the club to two consecutive Washington State championships Named the Co-MVP of the 2003 Washington State Connie Mack Tournament.
MLB First-Year Player Draft: Selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 36th round of the 2003 draft but did not sign a professional baseball contract.
Getting To Know Joe Ayers
|Parents:||James Ayers and Dorothy Douglas|
|Did You Know:||Joe is the first native of Alaska to play for Stanford Baseball|
|Baseball Relative:||Cousin, Jim Lock, played two seasons of collegiate baseball at Purdue (2000, '01)|
|I would describe myself as:||Focused, determined and funny|
|The reasons I love baseball are:||The intricacies of the game, the hard work it takes to succeed, the fluidity of the actions involved and the camaraderie with teammates|
|Greatest Athletic Moments:||Winning back-to-back high school state championships and coming to Stanford|
|The thing that sets Stanford apart from other collegiate baseball programs is:||The drive, work ethic and talent of the players|
|One moment in history I wish I could have seen is:||The "I Have A Dream" speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.|
|Advice To Youngsters:||Dream as big as you want and then make it come true|
|My parents were right when they told me:||You can do whatever you decide in life|
|Earliest Baseball Memory:||Watching Chicago Cubs' games with my dad|
Last Updated: 2/12/05