|16 John Wooten|
Wooten Ranks Among League Leaders In Seven Offensive Categories
Two 2012-13 Commitments Also Taken On Day Three
Pair Of Late Rallies Fall Short As 2012 Campaign Comes To An End Against Tar Heels
Five Pirates Record Multiple Base Knocks in 15-Hit Attack
An all-conference candidate that is very athletic around the bag and can hit for average and power ... Overall solid defender that will open the season at first ... Could also see action at the corner outfield spots ... Middle of the order type of guy hitting anywhere between the third and six spots in the lineup ... Enjoyed a solid summer in the Cape Cod League helping the Harwich Mariners to the title where he batted over .300 during the playoffs ... 2011: One of three Pirates to start all 62 games (53/1B, 2/3B, 5/LF, 2/RF) ... Batted .298 (73-for-245) with a home run, two triples and 16 doubles ... Scored 36 runs and drove in 28 ... Named to Charlottesville All-Regional Team (unanimous selection) after batting .500 (8-for-16) with an RBI, double and two runs scored .... Led the regional with eight base hits, while ranking fourth with nine total bases ... Recorded a pair of game winning hits (USM/May 1, Tulane/ May 19) ... Against No. 15 Southern Miss, laced a game-winning two RBI single to right field in the fourth frame pushing across Trent Whitehead and Mike Ussery ... In the series opener at Tulane, drove in the game-winning run in the third inning with an infield single that scored Whitehead ... In game two of a twin-bill against Memphis (Mar. 26) went 2-for-5 with game tying RBI with a single to left field that scored Joshua Lovick ... Posted a .991 fielding percentage committing five errors in 541 chances ... Recorded 496 putouts with 40 assists and turned a team-best 39 double plays ... Collected 21 multi-hit and five multi-RBI games ... Closed out the season with a seven-game hitting streak (May 25-June 5) ... During streak batted .444 (12-for-27) with two doubles, three runs scored and four multi-hit games ... Also had a trio of five-game hit streaks during the year ... Reached base safely in 15 straight games, the third longest streak of the season ... When manning first base, the Pirates posted a 35-17 overall record ... Batted anywhere from the third to seventh spot in the order as a starter ... Lone home run was at Houston (Apr. 23) sending a two-out, two-run shot to left center in the fifth inning of a 12-2 win ... Swiped 2 of 5 bases (UCF, St. John's) ... 12 of 16 doubles came with the bases empty where he batted .387 (31-for-106) ... Led the team with 10 base hits in the eighth inning where he batted .400 ... Batted .300 or better in the second (.318), fourth (.342), sixth (.395) and eighth (.400) frames ... Started all seven post-season games batting .444 (12-for-27) ... Led the team with a .383 (18-for-47) average against nationally ranked teams ... In league play batted .240 (23-for-96) with a home run, five doubles, 13 RBI and 11 runs scored ... Ranked among the team leaders in at-bats (second), doubles (second), triples (second), hits (third), runs (t-3rd), total bases (fourth) and walks (t-4th) ... Collected six multi-hit games in Conference USA action ... Posted a pair of three-hit games against No. 15 Southern Miss ... Drove in a season-high three runs against Pepperdine (Mar. 5) and Southern Miss (May 1) ... Scored multiple runs in eight games with a trio of runs in three contests ... Roped triples against YSU (Feb. 20) and UNCW (Mar. 29) ... Ranked fifth in C-USA (all games) in at-bats (245) ... Recorded double-digit putouts in 21 games with a season-best 16 twice (Pepperdine/Mar. 5, Liberty/Mar. 13) ... Drew multiple walks five times ... 2011 Summer: Spent second-straight summer playing for the Harwich Mariners in the Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL) ... Named CCBL Hitter-of-the-Week after helping the Mariners to the 2011 CCBL title, where he belted a pair of home runs in the series sweep against Falmouth ... Batted .304 (7-for-23) with five RBI, and three runs during the playoffs ... Was 1-for- 4 with a home run in game one of the CCBL Championships in a 5-4 win ... In game two, went 1-for-2 with three RBI and a walk ... Belted his second home run of the series, a two-run shot, and drove in the game-winning run on a sac fly ... On the season batted .245 (27-for-110) with one home run, six doubles, two triples, 16 RBU and 15 runs in 31 games ... Listed as the 89th best prospect in the CCBL by Perfect Game.
2010: Earned C-USA All-Freshman Team honors after batting .311 (69-for-22) with nine home runs and driving in 40 runs ... Started 54 of 55 games played (18/1B, 9/3B, 24/SS, 2.LF, 1/RF) ... Roped 10 doubles, scored 39 runs and swiped 3 of 4 bases ... Ranked third on the team with 19 multi-hit and 13 multi-RBI games ... Homered in first collegiate at-bat vs. No. 2 Virginia (2/20) ... Started the season with a home run in first three college games (UVA-2, ODU-1) ... Recorded a pair of game-winning RBI both in league play (UAB-4/18 and UCF-5/15) ... First career game-winning RBI (UAB) was in the bottom 12th on a single ... Hit first career grand slam at Memphis (4/10) ... Drove in two runs in each of his first three collegiate games ... Had a pair of four-hit games (High Point-3/17 and Tulane-4/3) ... Scored multiple runs nine times with a career-best three against UAB ... From Apr. 10 to May 7 recorded at least one hit in 15 of 16 games including a career-best nine game hit-streak ... During nine-game hit streak batted .307 (12-for-39) with a home run, seven RBI and eight runs ... Also added a six-game hit streak ... Career-best four RBI was against Memphis (4/10) where he hit one of ECU's five grand slams ... Belted a pair of home runs against Houston (3/21) ... Five of nine home runs were in league play (Memphis, UCF and Houston/3) ... Non-conference home runs were against UVA (2), ODU and Gardner-Webb ... Swiped bases against High Point, UAB and Southern Miss ... Committed 21 errors in 300 chances for a .930 fielding percentage ... In league play batted .314 (32-for 102) with five homers, seven doubles, 21 RBI and 17 runs scored ... Recorded at least one hit in 18 of 24 league games including a six and five-game hit streaks... Hit anywhere from second to eighth in the lineup with team-best 31 games in the cleanup spot ... Dropped down four sac bunts (second-most on the team) ... Thirty-seven of 40 RBI were with runners on base ... Batted .325 or better as a leadoff (.325) and with the bases empty (.330) ... Six of nine home runs were with runners on ... Posted a .318 average or higher when hitting in the first (.357), third (.500), fourth (.348), seventh (.318) and 10th or later (.500) innings ... Collected double-digit hits in the first (10) and third innings (17/team-best) ... Batted .308 (4-for-13) in three post-season games with a run scored ... Seven of nine home runs were at home ... Batted .309 during day games and .314 at night ... Appeared in 10 games against nationally-ranked opponents batting .244 (10-for-41) with two home runs and five RBI ... 2010 Summer: Played alongside current Pirate Mike Wright in the Cape Cod Baseball League for the Harwich Mariners ... Batted .211 (20-for-95) in 31 games with four RBI ... Smacked his lone home run of the season against the Brewster Whitecaps.
Eastern Wayne High School: Drafted in the 20th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft by the San Diego Padres (pick 594) ... Earned four letters (all baseball) under former Pirate and current Warriors Head Coach James "Jabo" Fulghum that captured the 2008 Eastern Carolina Conference title ... Earned ECC All-Conference honors four-straight years ... Named ECC Player-of-the-Year (2008-2009) ... Selected as the 3A State Player-of-the-Year ... Helped the Warriors to a 35-14 four-year conference record ... Batted .301 as a freshman and .321 during sophomore campaign ... Named ECC Player-of-the Year, all-state and team MVP as a junior after batting .551 and helping the Warriors to a 21-7 overall record ... Batted .531 as an all-state performer during senior campaign ... Ranked as the No. 15 prospect in North Carolina by Impact Baseball heading into senior season... Played fall baseball for the Dirtbags under head coach Andy Partin ... Member of Post 11 American Legion squad that reached the state playoffs in 2008 under coach Brad Reeves ... Personal: Full name John Marvin Wooten ... Born Jan. 19, 1991 in Goldsboro, N.C. ... Son of Sonny and Joyce Wooten ... Has two siblings (Graham and Melissa) ... Father played first base for the Pirates (1975-77) under George Williams and Monte Little before spending time in the Kansas City Royals organization ... Mother played tennis at ECU (1975-77) ... Brother Graham played for current ECU skipper Billy Godwin at Louisburg College (2003- 05) ... Intended major is undecided ... Fall 2009 ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll recipient ... Named to the 2009-10 C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
CAREER HIGHS - at-bats: 6 (five times, last at Houston 4/21/11); hits: 4 (twice, last vs. Tulane-1 4/3/10); RBI: 4 vs. Memphis (4/10/10); home runs: 2 vs. Houston (5/21/10); stolen bases: 1 (five times, last vs. St. John's 6/5/11).