Derek Shunk
Derek Shunk

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Yardley, Pa.

High School:
Notre Dame Prep (N.J.)

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 215

Position:
SS

Birthdate:
10/31/1985

B/T:
R/R

On Shunk: NCBWA Preseason First Team All-American ... MLB Draft Candidate ... One of the top hitters in the Northeast Region ... Possesses power to all fields and hits for a high average ... Consistent hitter whether ahead or behind in the count ... Can play any infield position and will primarily be used at shortstop ... Shows excellent range in the field.

Career: One of only nine players in school history with over 200 career hits ... Needs 38 hits to break the current program record of 242 ... Has started 158 of 159 team games in the last three seasons ... Batted at least .325 all three years ... Career .340 hitter with 205 hits in 603 at bats ... 129 runs scored and 104 RBI ... Has 26 doubles, four triples and six home runs for 257 total bases ... .425 on-base percentage and .426 slugging percentage ... Had drawn 82 walks while striking out just 98 times in 727 plate appearances.

2007: All-BIG EAST Third Team ... Philadelphia Big Five Baseball Co-Offensive Player of the Year ... Had the best of his three collegiate seasons with a .357 batting average, .444 on-base percentage and .471 slugging percentage ... Collected 75 hits with 49 runs scored and 34 RBI ... Drew 29 walks and struck out only 30 times in 255 plate appearances ... Accumulated 17 extra-base hits with 12 doubles, three triples and two home runs ... Had a 12-game hitting streak early in the season during which he batted .558 (29-for-52) ... Named BIG EAST Player of the Week on March 14 after hitting .632 (12-for-19) in four games the previous week ... Tallied 20 multi-hit games, including five of the seven four-hit games of the season by Villanova hitters ... Batted .524 through the season's first 15 games and kept his average over .400 for the first 45 games of the season ... Reached base safely in 50 of 54 games ... While playing shortstop against Georgetown in second game of a doubleheader on May 12, turned an unassisted triple play in the fifth inning of what was then a one-run game ... Villanova won the game 5-2.

2006: Moved to second base from shortstop and was one of three players on the team to start in all 54 team games ... Big East Player of the Week on March 6 ... Batted .325 (66-for-203) and was second on the team with 44 runs batted in ... Hit three home runs and scored 40 runs ... Also had nine doubles for a .414 slugging percentage ... Drew 27 walks while striking out just 31 times and had a .403 on-base percentage ... Hit .374 with runners on base and .352 with runners in scoring position ... Tops on the team in opportunities to advance runners, converting on 62 percent of his chances ... Led the team with 30 runners moved up with an out ... Batted .288 with two outs ... Hit .250 with two home runs and 12 RBI against Big East competition.

2005: Started all 50 games he played and led the Wildcats in at-bats, batting average, hits and runs scored ... Batted .337 (64-for-190) with five doubles, one triple and one home run ... Drew 26 walks and was second on the team with a .426 on-base percentage ... Scored 40 runs and drove in 26 ... Raised his average to .344 (32-for-93) in conference games ... Led all Wildcat hitters with a .367 average against left-handed pitching ... Also led the team with a .378 average with runners on base and hit .361 with runners in scoring position ... Reached base in 43 of his 50 games played ... Played 30 games at shortstop, 15 as the designated hitter, three at second base and two at third base ... Committed just six errors in 168 chances in the field.

Notre Dame Prep: Earned four letters in baseball and was the team MVP; Batted .486 his senior year to win the team batting crown and become the first player in school history with over 100 hits - earned the team's "Firsts Award" for the achievement; Selected to all-area first team and the All-Parochial and all-state second teams.

Personal: Communications major ... Older of two children of Gary and Jae Shunk ... Has a sister, Lauren (18) ... Father played baseball at West Chester University ... Born 10/31/85 in Bethlehem, Pa.

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