|44 Cory Farris
- 43rd round draft pick in 2008 (White Sox)
Former High School All-American was a part of UK's banner freshmen class in 2009 ... An athletic outfielder who has the ability to hit the ball out of the ballpark, Farris has the ability to provide middle-of-the-order power ... UK turned the right-field job over to Farris in the final five games of the year, with him responding with nine hits, seven RBI, three doubles and two homers ... Will compete for a starting assignment in the outfield in 2010 ... Has the ability to steal bases.
Joined fellow UK teammates Sean Bouthilette, Braden Kapteyn and Chase Greene on the Amsterdam Mohawks of the New York Collegiate Baseball League, leading the Mohawks to the league title ... Batted .280 (33-for-118) in 34 games with 32 starts, adding six doubles, a team-best two triples, two homers and 15 RBI, stealing 4-of-8 bases.
Highly-touted recruit got off to a slow start in his freshman campaign, before earning the starting job in right field by the end of the year ... Started the season as UK's five-hole hitter and starting right-fielder ... After struggling with offensive production through the middle of the year, made some minor adjustments to his swing, resulting in a hot, impact bat down the stretch ... Finished the year with a .310 average (27-for-87) with 21 runs scored, three doubles, two homers and 16 RBI ... Hit .267 (8-for-30) in 12 SEC games with seven starts ... Batted .360 (18-for-50) in games played in Lexington, the third-best average on the club ... Hit .383 (18-for-47) with runners on base, batting a perfect 4-for-4 with the bases loaded, reaching as the leadoff hitter in 6-of-14 chances ... Got the start in the season opener against Troy, going 1-for-3 with two runs, an RBI and a walk ... RBI came in his first college at bat ... In his second career college game, totaled four RBI on a 2-for-4 day, stealing one base ... Totaled a career-high four hits in a 4-for-5 outing against Georgetown College, also stealing a base ... After slumping through the mid-season, the UK staff inserted him in the starting lineup for good in the series finale against Auburn, the next to last series of the year ... Responded with a 2-for-4 game with a double in the game against Auburn ... Followed that up with a career-high five-RBI game against Morehead State, going 3-for-5 with his first career home run ... Totaled five hits in 12 at bats against eventual Super Regional team Florida on the final weekend of the year, a pressure-filled situation where UK needed Farris to produce offensively ... Batted 1-for-4 in the opener before a 3-for-5, two RBI game in the second game, with Farris boosting his second homer in his last three games ... Doubled in the season finale at UF.
A Louisville Slugger High School All-American as a catcher and outfielder for Boone Co. High School ... Named the 13th best draft prospect (including HS and College) in the state by Baseball America before the 2008 MLB Draft ... Attended the East-Coast Professional Showcase in 2007 and 2006 ... A first-team all-state selection, as well as a member of the Kentucky State Senior All-Star Team and the Northern Kentucky Senior All-Star Team ... Had a streak of stealing 60 consecutive bases without being caught stealing, ranking as second in Kentucky high school baseball history ... Holder of school career records for at bats (400), average (.437), runs scored (170), walks (85), stolen bases (90-for-93), hits (175), doubles (39), triples (8), home runs (34), and RBI (151) ... As a senior, hit .469 (38-for-81), with 42 runs, nine doubles, nine homers, 33 RBI ... Drew 26 walks and struck out only seven times in 2008, stealing 16-of-18 bases ... Named to MVP of the district tournament ... As a junior, earned all-state honors, batting .444 (44-for-99) with 49 runs, 13 doubles, one triple eight homers and 45 RBI ... Stole 26-of-27 bases as a junior ... Earned Region Player of the Year honors in 2007 ... In 2006 as a sophomore, hit .474 (46-for-97), with 44 runs, eight doubles, four triples, 10 homers and 37 RBI, swiping 34-of-34 bases ... Stole 14-of-14 bases and hit .377 as a freshman in 2005, leading team to the district championship ... Set season school marks for triples (4), home runs (10), RBI (45), walks (36) and stolen bases (34) ... Played summer baseball for the Midland Redskins, which won the Connie Mack World Series in Farmington, N.M. in 2007 and advanced to the 2008 championship game ... In the 2007 tournament, was named to the All-tournament team and was the MVP of the Championship Game ... A pure athlete, Farris was selected to the Kentucky Tremendous 26 as a football player and currently ranks second in Boone County's all-time rushing list (6,227 yards) to Shaun Alexander ... As a senior, Farris led the state of Kentucky in regular season rushing yards with 288 carries for 2,250 yards ... A first-team all-state running back and the district player of the year ... Named by the Louisville Courier Journal to the All-State team and by the Lexington Herald-Leader as one of the Class of the Commonwealth ... Also played basketball as a freshman and sophomore.
Full name is Cory Tyler Farris ... Son of Bill and Tami Farris ... Born on December 29, 1989 in Cincinnati, Ohio ... Has a brother, Adam (22) ... Brother played collegiate baseball for Huntington University.