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Josh Lester
Josh  Lester

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Columbus, Ga.

High School:
Columbus

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 211

Position:
INF


06/10/2015

Three Tigers Taken On Final Day of 2015 MLB Draft

Josh Lester's 13th-round selection highlights Wednesday's picks.

05/20/2015

Mizzou Falls to Commodores, 7-6, in 10 Innings

Fairbanks fans 10 Commodores on short rest, but Vandy scores four time over final four innings.

05/18/2015

No. 7 Mizzou Opens SEC Tournament With No. 10 South Carolina Tuesday

Tigers and Gamecocks will meet at approximately 12:30 p.m.

05/18/2015

Williams, Houck, Harris Earn SEC Honors

Williams earns Second Team All-SEC while Harris, Houck land on All-Freshman Team.

05/16/2015

Mizzou Falls in Regular Season Finale to Kentucky, 8-2

Kentucky gets to Mizzou starter Fairbanks early in regular season finale.

04/05/2015

Missouri Baseball vs. Florida - April 5, 2015

Missouri Baseball vs. Florida

04/03/2015

Missouri Baseball vs. Florida - April 3, 2015

Missouri Baseball vs. Florida

03/10/2015

Missouri Baseball vs. Truman State - March 10, 2015

Missouri Baseball vs. Truman State

03/07/2015

Missouri Baseball vs. Milwaukee - March 7, 2015

Missouri Baseball vs. Milwaukee

03/06/2015

Missouri Baseball vs. Milwaukee - March 6, 2015

Missouri Baseball vs. Milwaukee

2015
• Started all but one game at third base and served as cleanup hitter for most of the season
• Hit .280 while slugging a team-best .436 and driving in a team-high 42 runs, scoring 33 more.
• His 42 RBI are the most by a Tiger since 2012 when Dane Opel drove in 46 runs.
• Recorded team-long 14-game hit streak
• Smashed a team-best seven homeruns on the year
• Finished with 10 multiple-RBI games on the season, best on the team
• Led the team in intentional walks with four
• Batted .455 with the bases loaded
• Third on the team in extra-base hits with 17 (eight doubles, two triples, seven homers).
• His 42 RBI, seven homers, 30 walks and 33 runs scored are all career-bests.
• Led the team with a .354 clip with runners in scoring position (23-for-65)

2014
• Mizzou's everyday shortstop, started in 51 games for the Tigers.
• With 18 walks and 46 hits in 194 at bats, Lester developed a .298 on-base percentage and slugged .296 on the year.
• Tallied his second career four-hit game early in the season against Radford, going 4-for-5 with two runs and an RBI (2/21)
• Throughout the season, Lester gathered 14 multi-hit games.
• Also went 2-for-3 with a run scored in a one-run loss against the No. 14 Rebels of Ole Miss (3/21).

2013
• Named to the All-SEC Freshman team in 2013.
• Had arguably the best freshman season by a Tiger infielder since Eric Garcia in 2010 as he hit .260 with a team-best 11 extra-base hits, including a team-best nine doubles and two homers.
• Also played all four infield positions in his first year as a Tiger and despite playing all four infield spots, he had just four errors, the lowest among Tiger infielders while playing in 49 of 40 games, starting 42.
• He had a team infielder-best .986 fielding percentage.
• Struck out just 23 times in 154 at-bats and had 25 RBI and 14 runs scored as he hit .294 with runners on base and .306 with runners in scoring position.
• His numbers stayed consistent in SEC play as well, hitting .260 with six of his nine doubles and both homers coming in league contests.
• Launched his first career homer at Tennessee (3/23) and homered again at Texas A&M, a three-run shot to right field (5/4).
• His 40 hits were third on the team, trailing only Dane Opel and Dylan Kelly.
• He had a four-hit game in the Sunday contest against Florida (4/21), becoming the first Tiger freshman with a four-hit game since CJ Jarvis in 2011.

High School
• Drafted in the 30th round of the MLB First Year Player Draft by the Cleveland Indians.
• Is one of two current Tigers to play in the Little League World Series, helping Northern Georgia LL claim the 2006 Little League World Series Title.
• Was a career .350 hitter with two home runs and 103 RBI while at Columbus High School under the direction of head coach Bobby Howard.
• Hit .394 with two homers and 43 RBI in his senior season and guided Columbus High School to a 31-4 overall record and a state championship.
• All-Bi-City selection as a senior in 2012.
• Honorable mention Bi-City in 2010 and 2011 as well.
• Earned three Georgia State Championships and four State Championship appearances during his four seasons with Columbus.

Personal
• Born on July 17, 1994, to parents Jimmy and Beth Lester in Columbus, Ga.
• Two of his high school teammates - J.T. Phillips and Kyle Carter - play for fellow SEC rival Georgia.
• Plans to major in sport management while at Mizzou.
• Sister is a soccer player for Columbus High School, which placed second at the state championships in her freshman season last year.

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