2014 [JUNIOR]: HIGHLIGHT VIDEO
All-Big 12 First Team utility man... drafted by and signed with the Tampa Bay Rays in the sixth round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft with the 187th overall pick... started in played in 57 straight games after moving into the starting lineup in the second game of the season... made starts at five different positions, including catcher (25), left field (15), first base (eight), third base (six) and designated hitter (three)... led the team with a .330 batting average and was third with 72 hits... scored 32 runs and drove in 41... hit 15 doubles and five home runs to pull in a .477 slugging percentage, while contributing a .398 on-base percentage... went 4-for-4 with two runs and two RBI in a win over Seton Hall (2/16)... drove in three runs with two doubles in a 2-for-3 effort against Arkansas-Pine Bluff (2/19)... hit first career home run and added a double in a 3-for-4 game against The Citadel (2/21)... was named the Big 12 Player of the Week after hitting .684 (13-for-19) in a five-game stretch... posted a 3-for-3 game against Abilene Christian (3/6)... totaled five hits and four RBI in eight at-bats of a doubleheader sweep against Rutgers (3/7)... finished the week with a 4-for-4 performance, three runs and a home run against Rutgers (3/9)... drilled an eighth-inning grand slam in an 11-2 league win over Kansas State (3/22) at home and finished the day 2-for-4 at the plate... went 3-for-5 with two runs, two RBI and a double vs. CSU Bakersfield (4/5)... hit an eventual game-winning, two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth to beat West Virginia (4/18) in a 2-for-3, three-RBI effort... homered for the second straight game against West Virginia (4/19)... doubled twice in a 2-for-4 game at Texas Tech (4/27)... knocked in three runs in a home win over Baylor (5/3)... went 3-for-4 with a RBI at TCU (5/9)... supplied a 2-for-3 night in a win over Oklahoma State (5/17) in Tulsa.
Nine at bats in 2013… Started behind the plate against Northwestern State (3/17) and Oral Roberts (3/20)… Reached base at .364 pace… Recorded two hits and two RBI in a three game stretch against Northwestern State (3/17) and Oral Roberts (3/19) and (3/20)… Fielded .962 with 21 put outs while playing third, first and catcher.
Played at Brookhaven College under head coach Brandon Rains ... Hit .385 with two home runs and collected 15 stolen bases ... Named all-conference utility and all-region utility ... Named to the Pi Theta Kappa honor roll in 2012.
Played at New Braunfels Canyon High School under head coach Brian Martinez ... Two-time letterwinner ... Hit .450 with 19 doubles and four home runs as a senior ... Named all-state third base and academic all-district his senior season ... Named first team USSSA All-American third base in 2011, all-district third base in 2010, academic all-district in 2010, all-area third base in 2010 and `11 and academic all-district in 2010 and `11 ... Team reached second round of the playoffs in 2011.
Full name is Michael McCrae James ... Born in San Marcos, Texas ... Parents are Eric and Teri James ... Has one sister, Megan, and one brother, Matthew ... Great uncle played in the NFL for the Green Bay Packers ... Brother played baseball for four seasons from 2009-2012 at UTSA ... Biology major.