NEVADA Should earn the starting spot at third base in his second season in the program ... Expected to hit for average and power in year two batting in the middle of the lineup.
2012 (Fr.): Saw action in 51 games earning 45 starts in his freshman year ... Hit .276 with 13 extra base hits and 22 RBI ... Made 30 starts at designated hitter, 14 at third base and one a first base ... Four home runs ranked third on the team ... Reached base in 18 consecutive games which tied for the second longest streak on the team ... Batted .385 with seven runs scored and six RBI during a season-high seven game hit streak ... Seven game hit streak tied for the fourth longest on the team ... Tied for sixth on the team with 12 multiple hit games. Summer Baseball: Playing for the Klamath Falls (Ore.) Gems in the summer of 2012 he batted .325 with 33 runs scored, 14 doubles, four triples, eight home runs and 35 RBI ... Named to All-West Coast League second team and played in the all-star game.
PRIOR TO NEVADA Played at Sunrise Mountain High in Peoria, Ariz. for head coach Eric Gardner ... First-team All-State and West Valley athlete of the year in 2011 ... Boasts career numbers of a .533 batting average, 10 home runs, 54 RBI, 68 runs scored, 38 walks (28 intentional) and was perfect in 24 stolen base attempts.
PERSONAL Undecided on major ... Son of Barry and Patty Byler ... Chose Nevada over the Arizona and Utah ... Enjoys fishing, longboarding, playing video games, eating, working out and spending time with his family when he is not playing baseball ... Lists his sports hero as Derek Jeter.
SINGLE-GAME HIGHS: Hits: 3, Utah Valley., Feb 25, 2012 ; vs Sacramento State, May 24, 2012 Doubles: 2, Utah Valley, Feb 25, 2012 Triples: 1, Pacific, Apr 24, 2012 Home runs: 1, 4 times Total bases: 6, at UNLV, Mar 02, 2012 RBI: 4, UC Santa Barbara, Mar 09, 2012 Runs scored: 3, UC Santa Barbara, Mar 11, 2012 Walks: 3, UC Santa Barbara, Mar 11, 2012 Hit by pitch: 2, at Pacific, Apr 02, 2012 At bats: 5, 4 times Stolen bases: 1, 4 times Putouts: 6, at Sacramento State, Apr 21, 2012 Assists: 6, BYU, Mar 31, 2012