Junior infielder who has good speed ... slated to start in the middle of the infield in 2013 ... became Clemson’s first switch-hitter since Patrick Boyd (1998-01) ... Clemson’s leadoff batter during most of the 2012 season ... a career .274 hitter with a .345 on-base percentage in 101 games (71 starts) over two seasons ... has 13 doubles, three triples, one homer, 36 RBIs, 62 runs, 32 walks, four hit-by-pitches, and 11 steals ... preseason third-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball ... preseason first-team All-ACC by CollegeSportsMadness.com and Perfect Game ... #9 ACC prospect for the 2013 draft in the preseason by Perfect Game ... #10 prospect in the ACC for the 2013 draft in the preseason by Baseball America ... #2 college prospect in South Carolina for the 2013 draft in the preseason by Perfect Game.
2012: Second-Team All-ACC selection ... hit .295 with a team-tying-high 49 runs, 13 doubles, three triples, one homer, 31 RBIs, a .353 on-base percentage, 22 walks, three hit-by-pitches, and 10 steals in 59 games (59 starts at second base) ... started as the leadoff batter a team-high 50 times ... hit .353 at home ... had 20 multi-hit games ... had eight bunt singles ... had a 19-game hitting streak from March to April ... had a 15-game hitting streak from April to May ... reached base via a hit or walk in 23 consecutive games from March to April ... went 2-for-4 with two runs, one RBI, and two steals against Maine on Feb. 25 ... went 4-for-5 with a double, two RBIs, and three runs against Maine on Feb. 26; he was 7-for-14 with two doubles, five RBIs, six runs, and two steals in the series ... went 2-for-6 with a walkoff single against #2 South Carolina on Mar. 4 ... went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run at Western Carolina on Mar. 14 ... went 3-for-5 with a double, RBI, and steal against Boston College on Mar. 17 ... went 4-for-4 with two RBIs, a run, and walk against Elon on Mar. 20 ... went 3-for-4 with two RBIs at Virginia on Mar. 25 ... went 2-for-5 with a triple, two RBIs, and two runs against Georgia on Apr. 11 ... went 3-for-6 with two RBIs and a run at Georgia Tech on Apr. 29 ... drew a two-out walk with Clemson trailing 3-2 in the 11th inning and scored the walkoff run on a wild pitch later in the frame against College of Charleston on May 5 ... went 3-for-5 with an RBI, two runs, and a steal against Tennessee Tech on May 8 ... hit his first career homer against Georgia Tech in the ACC Tournament on May 26 ... #96 sophomore in the nation in the preseason by Perfect Game ... #9 prospect in the ACC for the 2013 draft in the preseason by Baseball America ... played for Hyannis in the Cape Cod League in the summer, where he hit .308 with two doubles, two RBIs, and four steals in seven games.
2011: Hit .173 with 13 runs, five RBIs, a .308 on-base percentage, and one steal in 42 games (12 starts at second base) ... hit a sacrifice fly in his first career plate appearance against Eastern Michigan on Feb. 18 ... went 2-for-2 with a run off the bench against Charleston Southern on Feb. 26 ... totaled four walks and two runs against Duke on Mar. 19 ... hit a pinch-hit single against Wake Forest on Apr. 23 ... went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run in the second game of a doubleheader against Gardner-Webb on May 7 ... went 1-for-2 with two runs and a walk off the bench against Davidson on May 17 ... #8 newcomer in the ACC in the preseason by Baseball America ... played for La Crosse in the Northwoods League in the summer, where he hit .238 with 10 runs, five doubles, and seven RBIs in 31 games.
Before Clemson: Drafted in the 15th round (#473 overall) by the Boston Red Sox in 2010 ... all-county selection at Pope High School ... member of the state champions ... East Cobb Defensive Player-of-the-Year ... lettered four times in football and three times in baseball at Pope High, where he was coached by Jeff Rowland.
Personal: His grandfather, Jim, played football at Southern California ... his grandfather, Richard, played baseball in the Cardinals organization in the 1940s ... majoring in communication studies ... born Stephen Beaty Wilkerson on Jan. 11, 1992 in San Diego, CA.