2014 Baseball America Preseason NCAA Top-100 Players (No. 70) 2013 No. 46 prospect in the Cape Cod League (Perfect Game) 2013 Cape Cod League All-Star 2012 Perfect Game Collegiate League Pitcher of the Year 2012 Perfect Game Collegiate League first-team 2012 Perfect Game USA first-team Summer League All-America 2012 top prospect in the Perfect Game Collegiate League (Baseball America) 2012 No. 2 prospect in the Perfect Game Collegiate League (Perfect Game) 2012 Perfect Game Collegiate League All-Star starter (SP) 2012 NCAA Gary Regional All-Tournament Team 41st round draft pick in 2011 (White Sox)
Outlook One of the top proven winners in college baseball, has a three-pitch mix and a bulldog demeanor on the mound ... Capable of filling any role on a pitching staff, with success as a midweek starter, middle-innings-eating reliever and late-inning reliever throughout his career ... Has great command of a high 80s, low 90s fastball and an above-average breaking ball, also throwing an effective changeup ... Has an 8-1 record in his two-year career ... Led UK in ERA as the go-to reliever in 2013, after a breakout season as a freshman midweek starter and weekend long reliever ... Had a heroic start in the NCAA Gary Regional 2012 Championship game vs. No. 25 Kent State, working into the eighth inning with two runs surrendered ... For second straight year, had a better ERA in SEC action then in non-conference play ... Finished 2013 riding a stretch of 9.2 consecutive scoreless innings over five appearances, allowing just three singles ... Went 3-0, with a 0.44 over his last 11 outings of 2013 ... Had an all-star summer in the Cape Cod League and was in the mix for the ERA title, entering his final start with a 0.87 mark.
Summer Earned All-Star honors in the Cape Cod League after a dominating summer in the top collegiate summer league in the nation ... Went 2-3 with a 2.70 ERA in eight games and seven starts ... Worked 36.2 innings, allowing 27 hits and nine walks, striking out 28 ... ERA was the second-best in the league (0.87) before allowing eight runs in 4.2 innings in his summer finale ... Did not allow an earned run through his first two starts in the Cape, working 14 consecutive shutout innings and had a stretch of 15 straight scoreless later in the year ... Went six shutout, one-hit innings in his CCBL debut on June 16 ... Worked another six shutout, three-hit innings in his next start ... Took his first loss with three runs allowed in six innings, with nine strikeouts vs. Hyannis on July 2 ... Worked a shutout frame in the all-star game ... ERA took a hit in his finale, allowing eight runs on nine hits in 4.2 innings vs. Falmouth on July 31.
2013 Had a dominating season as UK's lead reliever ... Paced the team in ERA (2.77), owning a 5-0 record in 26 games with one midweek start ... Worked 55.1 innings, allowing only 50 hits - 38 singles - walking 17 and striking out 39 ... Athletic and instinctual on the mound defensively, allowed only three steals in four attempts on the year ... Appeared in 13 SEC games in relief, with a 3-0 record and a 2.57 ERA, allowing 24 hits in 28 innings, walking seven and striking out 17 ... Including the SEC Tournament, appeared in 13 games in relief, with a 3-0 record and a 2.37 ERA in 30.1 innings ... Inherited a team-leading 32 runners left on base, allowing just 14 to score (44-percent) ... In 15 games at Cliff Hagan Stadium, had a 4-0 record and a 3.52 ERA ... In away games, appeared in 10 games with a 1-0 record and a 1.59 ERA ... Appeared in 12 night games, with a 4-0 record and a 1.27 ERA ... Was 2-0 with a 0.68 ERA in eight relief outings in May ... In his 25 relief outings, had a 5-0 record and a 2.58 ERA ... Allowed only three homers on the year, one at USC Upstate on opening weekend, one vs. Western Kentucky senior slugger Ryan Huck and one vs. Mississippi State All-America outfielder Hunter Renfroe ... Faced 87 left-handed hitters on the year, allowing only 12 hits ... Finished the year with 9.2 consecutive scoreless innings over five appearances, allowing just three singles during the streak ... After allowing a homer vs. MSU on March 22, worked his next 36 innings without allowing a homer, a span of 149 consecutive hitters faced ... Over his last 11 outings to end the year, Shepherd had a 3-0 record and a 0.44 ERA in 20.1 innings, allowing 13 hits - 12 singles - and striking out 17 ... Shepherd had five outings where he allowed two earned runs in 2013 and without those outings, owned a 5-0 record and a 1.44 ERA in 21 games and 43.2 innings ... Made season debut at USC Upstate, working 2.2 innings in the middle innings after Corey Littrell's season debut was short ... Allowed a two-run homer vs. the Spartans ...Worked two innings in relief vs. Kansas State, scattering five hits and a run ... In the home opener vs. Murray State, came on in relief of freshman Kyle Cody making his first career start, tossing 5.2 innings for the win, not allowing an earned run ... Worked in six consecutive games with runs allowed in March, including a four-inning relief outing vs. No. 14 Mississippi State ... Made only start of the year on March 27 vs. Marshall ... Was one of the only member of the UK pitching staff to pitch well against No. 2 LSU in a crucial series in Baton Rouge, working three innings and allowing one run ... Began stretch of dominating appearances with 2.2 innings and no earned runs at No. 14 South Carolina ... In an 18-inning thriller at Western Kentucky on a Tuesday night, worked two shutout innings ... With the UK pitching staff depleted by the 18-inning game on Tuesday, Shepherd had a heroic outing on Thursday night at No. 16 Ole Miss, taking over for starter A.J. Reed in the sixth to work 2.1 shutout innings for the win, as UK took the lead in the top of the eighth inning ... With UK's pitching staff on fumes vs. the Rebels, Shepherd was only of the only available arms in the contest, forcing UK to leave him into hit for the first time in his career in the top of the ninth at Ole Miss, striking out on three pitches before pitching a shutout ninth for the win ... Allowed just an earned run on May 12 over his final 11 outings, coming in 1.1 innings vs. No. 1 Vanderbilt, the best team in the history of the SEC ... Worked 3.2 perfect innings at Missouri in the series opener, striking out three ... Worked 2.1 shutout frames in relief of Jerad Grundy in the SEC Tournament vs. No. 21 Ole Miss ... Had a completely dominating summer in the Perfect Game Collegiate League, winning PGCBL Pitcher of the Year honors after leading the circuit in ERA, opponent average and wins ... Went 9-0 in 10 starts with a 1.73 ERA, tossing 67.2 innings with 64 strikeouts, leading the Amsterdam Mohwaks to the league title ... Was on the same Amsterdam team as UK teammates Taylor Martin, Jeff Boehm and Thomas Bernal ... In the regular-season, made eight starts with a 7-0 record and a 1.31 ERA, tossing 55 innings, with only 29 hits and 12 walks allowed, striking out 50.
2012 Had a great freshman season as a midweek starter and as a key extended reliever on the weekends ... Finished with a 3-1 record and a 3.83 ERA with a save coming in the NCAA Tournament ... Made 18 appearances with nine starts, tossing 56.1 innings, walking 16 and striking out 33 ... Pitched in four games in relief in SEC play, with a 1-0 record and a 2.00 ERA, tossing nine innings, allowing seven hits and one walk, striking out five ... In non-conference action, went 2-1 with a 4.18 ERA with a save ... Was 1-0, with a 3.80 ERA in eight games and five starts at Cliff Hagan Stadium ... Was 2-0 with a 4.29 ERA on the road ... Pitched in 11 games with seven starts in contests that UK won, with a 3-0 record and a 3.63 ERA ... UK went 7-2 in his starts ... Inherited 10 runners, allowing six to score ... Made season debut vs. Eastern Michigan, surrendering two runs in one inning ... Made first career start vs. Xavier, tossing five shutout, two-hit innings ... Worked three innings with three runs allowed in his next start vs. Tennessee Tech ... Worked 5.1 shutout, three-hit innings vs. Murray State ... Picked up second career win at Cincinnati, tossing 5.2 innings with two runs allowed ... Struck out five in 4.1 innings, allowing two runs vs. Western Kentucky ... Had a rocky start vs. Dayton, getting two outs, before allowing four runs on four hits in his last start until May ... Broke out as one of the top relievers in the SEC with 3.2 shutout innings at No. 9 Arkansas in his SEC debut, picking up the win ... Worked a shutout inning vs. Cincinnati ... Had another dominant SEC outing vs. No. 1 LSU, tossing three shutout innings, allowing two hits and striking out three ... Came on to work 4.2 innings with three runs - two earned - striking out one at Murray State ... Tossed 2.1 innings at Mississippi State in the regular-season finale ... Began his heroic NCAA Tournament with a three-inning save vs. Valpo in the NCAA Tournament regional, needing 34 pitches to advance UK to the next round ... A day after tossing three innings in a save to force the game vs. No. 15 Purdue, UK turned to Shepherd for the start vs. No. 25 Kent State in the regional championship ... Was magnificent vs. the Flashes, carrying a two-hit shutout into the eighth inning, a day after throwing three innings, with the UK bullpen allowing two runs to score to saddle Shepherd with the hard-luck loss ... Worked 10.2 innings in a two-day span in the NCAA Tournament, allowing just the two runs with six strikeouts.
High School The top prospect in the state of Kentucky, turned down an offer from the White Sox as a 41st round draft pick in 2011 to attend UK ... Finished his high school career as one of the most decorated pitchers in state history, posting a 40-12 career record with 512 strikeouts in 353 innings ... Posted a 12-1 record as a senior with 139 strikeouts in 74.2 innings, owning a 0.65 ERA ... Ranks fifth all-time in career wins in the state and second all-time in career strikeouts ... The runner-up for Kentucky High School Mr. Baseball and the 2010-11 Tony Curnutte Memorial Sportsman of the Year ... Played six years of high school baseball ... Set the state record with 46 consecutive scoreless innings pitched ... Tossed two no hitters as a senior ... Led Lawrence County to the region championship and berth in the State Tournament in 2008, 2009 and 2011 ... Had Tommy John surgery in July 2009 with Cincinnati Reds' team doctor Tim Kremchek performing the surgery ...Set school records for batting average, strikeouts, hits, home runs, ERA, wins, shutouts and RBI ... Hit .486 in his career with 197 hits ... Also played football, basketball, track and golf ... Coached by Travis Feltner at Lawrence County High School.
Personal Full name is James Chandler Shepherd ... Son of Jimmy and Cindy ... Born on Aug. 25, 1992 in Ashland, Ky. ... Has a younger sister, Chelsea (15).