Hit .224 in 31 games with 16 starts ... Made 10 starts as the DH, four at 3B and two in RF ... Was the top pinch hitter off the bench, hitting .364 in that role ... Had a four-game hitting streak to start his season, going 5-for10 in two starts and two pinch-hit appearances ... Had a stretch of three straight games where he drove in a run (4/19-22).
2005 (at South Alabama) Hit .272 in 47 games, starting 27 ... Drove in 22 runs with five doubles, two triples and five home runs ... Also scored 29 runs ... Drew 16 walks and was 4-for-6 in stolen base attempts.
HIGH SCHOOL Was a two-sport athlete at UMS Wright High School in Mobile Ala. ... Lettered for three years in football and baseball ... Was chosen to play second base for the 4A State baseball team in 2004 ... Missed his sophomore season due to shoulder surgery ... All-state honorable mention as a freshman ... Also won the Rookie of the Year award ... Part of the 2001 and 2002 4A state champion football teams.
PERSONAL Joshua David Stapleton ... Son of David and Cheryl Stapleton ... He has two siblings: Shaun (22) and Cara (19) ... Father, David Stapleton, played for the Boston Red Sox from 1980-86 ... Major: Pre-Building Science.