Born in Orange County, Calif., ... parents are Barbara and the late Lyn Saylor ...served a Church mission to the Philippines ... is an Eagle Scout.
Prepped at Hillcrest High where he was two-time all-region and two-time all-state ... during the 2000 season he had a .590 batting average with 11 homers and 35 RBI ... also lettered in basketball ... baseball coach was Gary Daniels, who played at BYU from 1988-90.
FRESHMAN - (2001): Played at Utah Valley State College where he was first-team all-region and third-team All-American ...batted .331 with seven homers and region-leading 58 RBI.
Year Avg. G-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB-SBA 2001* .331 53-52 169 33 56 13 2 7 58 94 25 37 7-11 2004 .312 56-56 224 25 70 11 0 4 40 93 14 56 1-3 2005 .356 54-54 225 50 80 25 0 9 48 132 18 45 3-3 2006 .354 59-59 237 58 84 17 2 21 66 168 22 55 8-11 TOTAL .341 169-169 686 133 234 53 2 34 154 393 54 156 12-17 * At Utah Valley State College, not included in career totals.
Began the season with a 10-game hitting streak ... named to the all-tournament team in the Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic at Fresno, Calif. ... made a game-ending, diving catch with two outs and the bases loaded in the 17th inning on March 27 at Utah to preserve a 5-4 victory ... pulled the Cougars past SDSU for a 6-5 win with a two-run blast in the seventh inning on April 17 ... hit an inside the park home run against Utah on April 30 ... ended the season with a team-high 15-game hitting streak ... third on the team in multi-hit games with 18 ... second on the team with three three-RBI games ... second on the team in at bats with 224 and hits with 70 ... third on the team with a .313 batting average ... third on the team with 93 total bases and with 40 RBI.
First-team All-Mountain West Conference ... started 21 games in right field, 17 in left field and 16 at first base (mostly at the end of the season) ... doubled up an Oklahoma St. runner, who left first base early without a tag in the eighth inning of the 8-7 victory at No. 25 OSU ... hit two of BYU's seven doubles in the ninth inning of a 19-6 victory at New Mexico ... selected to the College Baseball Foundation National Honor Roll for the week of May 22 ... among the nation's leaders in doubles ... had a 17-game hitting streak ... hit five game-winning RBI.
Signed as a free agent with the New York Mets ... Third-team Louisville Slugger All-America selection by Collegiate Baseball magazine, Third-team Rawlings All-American selection by the American Baseball Coaches Association and Third-team Pro-Line Cap All-American selection bythe National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association ... All-Midwest Region Rawlings first team by the ABCA ... repeat First-team All-Mountain West Conference ... was named to the pre-season Wallace Watch List and All-MWC (coaches/media) ... hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning of game three at San Jose St., ... hit a towering home run mid-way in the 10-run sixth inning with no outs, blast reaching the dormitory beyond rightfield, in a 23-6 victory vs. Southern Utah ... hit two homers in four different games: Southern Utah, Utah Valley State, Air Force and New Mexico ... He set a senior record for MWC Games with an .830 slugging percentage ... led the Cougars in homers, batting average, runs, hits, doubles, RBI, total bases and a .709 slugging percentage ... was among the nation's leaders in homers and slugging percentage after starting the season with a .172 batting average through the first nine games ... had game-winning RBI vs. UVSC (a two-out double, a single and a groundout), New Mexico (two-run homer) and at Utah (single) ... homered against every team this season except four, San Diego State, Pacific, Oregon State and Washington State.