PEPPERDINE 2007: Started all 53 games in which he appeared and hit .320 as a sophomore, which was his first season in a Waves’ uniform ... Notched a team-best 44 RBI, good for fifth in the WCC ... Led the conference with five triples ... Tallied 19 multi-hit games, which included six three-hit games ... Registered a team-best 11 multi-RBI games and notched a season-best four RBI vs. UC Irvine (2/27) ... Recorded three hitting streaks of five games or longer, including a season-best seven-game streak from 2/2-17 ... Had six games with three hits ... Selected by the New York Yankees in the 40th round of the 2007 MLB First-Year Player Draft but elected to return to school ... Played summer ball with the La Crosse of the Northwoods League and was named the league’s #5 prospect by Baseball America.
WEST VALLEY CC 2006: Played at West Valley College, located in Saratoga, Calif., as a sophomore ... Named to the 2006 All-Northern California squad by the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association and tabbed an All-Coast South Conference first team member ... Hit .376 over 41 games with eight home runs, 33 RBI and a .667 slugging percentage ... Led the Vikings to a 31-7 record and a No. 1 final ranking in the Northern California Poll.
CABRILLO CC 2005: Spent his freshman season at Cabrillo College, located in Aptos, Calif. ... Did not see any action.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Bellarmine College Prep, located in San Jose, Calif., in 2004 ... A two-time West Catholic Athletic League selection ... Named team MVP as a senior after ranking in the top three on the team in virtually every offensive category.
PERSONAL: Born in Santa Clara, Calif. ... Son of Vince and Phyllis Thames ... Has one sister, Devon ... Majoring in advertising ... Chose Pepperdine because “it is the best place for me.”
FAVORITES: Hobbies include lifting weights, reading and hitting ... Favorite pro baseball player is Tony Gwynn ... Favorite pro baseball team is the San Francisco Giants ... Favorite book is the dictionary ... Favorite movie is Terminator 2 ... Favorite TV show is Baseball Tonight ... Favorite musical artist is Killswitch Engage ... Favorite thing about baseball is “crushing a fastball or a hanging off-speed pitch.”