Career Honors and Awards:
- 2008 Athletic Director[apos]s Honor Roll
- 2008 All-Big 12 Honorable Mention
- 2007 All-Big 12 Honorable Mention
- 2007 Academic All-Big 12 Second Team
- 2007 Coleman Company- Johnny Bench Award Watch List
Summer 2008: Played for the San Diego Waves of the Western Baseball Association … Hit .294 with 18 doubles, six homers and 38 RBIs … Teammate of current Jayhawks Brett Bochy and Thomas Marcin.
2008 (Junior): Named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention … Also selected to the Athletic Director[apos]s Honor Roll … Started 47 games, including 39 behind the plate … Hit .253 with a career high nine homers and 42 RBIs … Hit .295 (28-for-95) with men on base … Finished third on the team with 14 multi-RBI games … Batted .265 against the Big 12 … Hit safely in his first seven games of the season … Went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs against Dartmouth (3/20) … Went 3-for-5 with a season-high five RBIs against Northwestern (3/23) … Also collected three hits at Baylor (4/4) and against Nebraska (4/18) … Collected first career triple against No. 7 Vanderbilt (2/29) … Homered against six Big 12 opponents.
Summer 2007: Hit .267 with seven doubles and six RBIs in a platoon role for the Anchorage Bucs of the Alaskan Baseball League … Also recorded a stolen base.
2007 (Sophomore): Started 45 games at catcher (43) and designated hitter (two) for the Jayhawks … Hit .286 with eight home runs and 38 RBIs … His eight homers were second behind only Ryne Price (10) on the season … Had a career-high three hits against Texas (4/7) … Went 2-for-4 with two homers, three RBI and three runs scored against Missouri (3/31) … Hit .333 with runners in scoring position … Hit two grand slams on the season (3/4 vs. Western Illinois and 5/12 vs. Chicago State) … Committed only six errors in 282 chances behind the plate.
Summer 2006: Played in 31 games for the San Diego Waves of the Western Baseball Association … Hit .261 with six home runs and 25 RBIs … Teammate of current Jayhawk Nick Faunce.
2006 (Freshman): Started 33 games for the Crimson and Blue … Hit .278 with four home runs and 16 RBIs … Batted .344 against left-handed pitching … Enjoyed six multi-hit games, including two-hit games against Nebraska (5/28) and Hawaii (6/3) in the post-season … Drove in a season-high three runs against Oklahoma (5/24) in the final conference series of the year … Put together a five-game hit streak during the final weeks of the season (5/24-6/2) … Committed just two errors in 218 chances behind the plate.
Escondido HS: Named All-Section Division II First Team and Athlete of the Year in baseball … Escondido baseball MVP and team captain … Four year letterwinner in baseball … All-county scholar/athlete … Played in the Area Code Games … Named team MVP in football his freshman year.
Personal: Parents are Steve and Beth Afenir … Full name is Matthew Tye Afenir … Coached by his father in baseball at Escondido High … Father played college baseball at the University of Wyoming … Nephew of former MLB catcher Troy Afenir … Also recruited by Stanford and Arizona … A psychology major.