Kansas Senior Stanfield Named Preseason All-Big 12

Feb. 7, 2012

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas senior catcher/designated hitter James Stanfield has been named a Preseason All-Big 12 First Team selection by College Baseball Daily. Stanfield becomes the first KU player to earn preseason all-conference honors since Tony Thompson and Brian Heere garnered the same distinction prior to the 2010 season.

Stanfield, a 5-foot-9 senior from Owasso, Okla., hit .327 last year with five doubles, two triples and two home runs. Compared to his 2010 campaign, Stanfield raised his batting average by 89 points and his slugging percentage by 198 points (from .262 to .460). He also proved difficult to strike out, fanning just 13 times in 129 plate appearances.

In his three-year career at KU, Stanfield has played in 116 games, making 96 starts at four different positions. He has a career batting average of .269 with eight doubles, three triples, two homers and 45 RBIs.

Stanfield and the Jayhawks open the 2012 season on Friday, Feb. 17 at Middle Tennessee State at 3 p.m.