NEVADA Making the transition from third base to first base for his junior season ... Counted on to provide offense hitting at the top of the Pack lineup ... Named to the Mountain West coaches preseason team at third base ... College Sports Madness and Perfect game named him to their preseason MW teams ... Ranked as 48th best junior prospect by Baseball America.
2013 (So.): Appeared in 47 games and made 46 starts with 37 coming at third base ... Batted .346 with 40 RBI and eight home runs ... Tied for tops on the team in batting average ... Nevada ranks: second in runs scored (35), second in total bases (103), third in slugging percentage (.566), second in hits (63), second in RBI (40), and first in home runs (8) ... Amongst the Mountain West: eighth in batting average (.346), 10th in RBI (40), eighth in triples (3), fourth in home runs (8), and ninth in on base percentage (.424) ... Fifth longest hitting streak in the Mountain West and first on the team at 14 straight games ... Batted .375 (21-of-56) with eight runs scored, 10 RBI, four doubles and a home run during the streak ... Second on the team with 17 multi-hit games and eight multi-RBI games ... Had a career-high three home runs against Holy Cross on March 2, 2013 ... Had a total of 12 RBI on the same day in a doubleheader against Holy Cross ... Mountain West Player of the Week on March 4 after batting .615 (8-of-13) as the Pack went 3-1 ... Also named the CollegeBaseballInsider.com Louisville Slugger West Region Player of the Week during the same week ... Earned second baseball letter. 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 in 2010 and 2011, and West Valley Athlete of the Year in 2011 ... Named to All-Arizona team 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 Community health sciences 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 ... Career highlight is three home runs in one game against Holy Cross in 2013 ... Lists his sports hero as Derek Jeter.