Overview: Has been a key player for the Bulldogs his entire career...versatile player who can play in both the infield and outfield...played most of freshman season at first base but also played third base and in the outfield...sophomore year played in right field for most of the season...played center field for most of his junior campaign...last name is pronounced Bates.
2010: One of only two players to start and play in all 52 games for the Bulldogs...finished the year with a .300 batting average...third on team in home runs with four and second in RBI (32)...led team in stolen bases with eight...was especially productive down the stretch as he finished the year with an eight-game hitting streak...went 11-for-31 (.354) from the plate in those eight games and helped Asheville reach the Big South Tournament....went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and double vs. Charleston Southern (5-16).
2009: Played in 50 games and started 46 times...finished the year hitting .246 with one home run and 14 RBI...top game was 4-for-6 effort vs. High Point (3-29)...had three hits and run-scoring single in victory over College of Charleston (4-25)...went 3-for-4 with two RBI in home win over Central Michigan (2-28)...had key two-run triple in home victory over Central Michigan (2-27)...went 2-for-5 with two RBI in conference win at Charleston Southern (3-7)...had two hits and key RBI in last-season win over Presbyterian (5-14)...had at least two hits in 11 different games.
2008: Did a solid job for the Bulldogs as a freshman...started in 56 of 57 games at either first base or third base...fourth best hitter on the team with a .315 average...tied for fourth with homers at five and in doubles with 13...drove in 28 runs...went 4-for-7 in home victory over Hartford (3-22) as he had six RBI in the game...drove in four runs with a double and two homers in victory at Furman (4-16)...had three hits in back-to-back games against Radford (4-27) and UNC Greensboro (4-30)...went 3-for-5 with three runs scored in victory against Charleston Southern (5-11)...tallied four hits against Winthrop (5-18)...had 21 multi-hit games during the season...batted .350 against Big South Conference opponents
Before UNC Asheville: Hit .457 and slugged .687 with 13 stolen bases as a senior at Porter Ridge HS...high school’s male athlete of the year...Union County Player of the Year and two-time All-Conference performer...pitched a no-hitter in 2007 state playoffs...National Honor Society and National English Honors Society member...lettered two years in football and earned Offensive Player of the Year honors...played with teammate Mike Vaughn with the Charlotte Express.