Highlights and reaction following the semifinal series between Army and Lafayette.
MISCELLANEOUS: Highly regarded backstop ... assumed starting job behind plate immediately upon arrival at Academy three years ago ... steadily improved as rookie season progressed ... blossomed into one of Patriot League's elite backstops as a sophomore ... elevated performance last spring, earning all-star accolades for the first time in his career ... hard-nosed competitor with fiery on-field demeanor ... developed into impact player in head coach Joe Sottolano's everyday lineup ... harbors great will to win ... student of game ... handles pitchers well ... hard worker with "blue collar" mentality ... understands how to call game ... boasts strong, accurate throwing arm and quick release ...capable of successfully neutralizing opponent's running game ... blocks ball well ... fine athlete with excellent agility behind plate ... boasts strong "feel" for game ... features take-charge leadership skills ... lends vocal presence behind dish ... proficient offensive performer ... line-drive hitter with ability to spray ball to all fields ... regularly reaches outfield gaps ... plays game with great deal of passion ... possesses knack for delivering in clutch ... figures to return to starting role behind plate this spring ... durable performer capable of shouldering heavy workload ... expected to assume increased leadership role as one of Army's co-captains this spring ... three-year letterman.
MILESTONES: Earned All-Patriot League honors for the first time in his career last spring ... selected to the second unit ... named to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List prior to his junior season ... established single-season school record for highest percentage of base runners thrown out (52.4) last spring ... cut down 22 of 42 would-be base stealers ... eclipsed the single-season mark he had set as a sophomore when he threw out 15 of 29 (51.7) potential base-stealers ... owns school's career standard as well (39.6) ... has thrown out 44 of 111 potential base-stealers across first three seasons in Black, Gold and Gray ... two-time Patriot League Rookie of the Week selection as a freshman ... tabbed the Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week as a sophomore.
2011: Started all 48 games for the Black Knights ... one of just two Army players to start every contest ... served as Army's starting catcher and hit near the middle of the order in each game ... batted .298 overall with two doubles, two home runs and 27 RBI ... finished with 60 total bases and 20 runs scored ... boasted .357 slugging percentage and .346 on-base percentage ... performed even better in Patriot League action, batting .324 in conference contests ... recorded 12 RBI and scored 11 runs against league foes ... excelled defensively behind the plate throughout the season ... established an Academy single-season record by throwing out 52.4 percent (22 of 42) potential base stealers ... authored 16 multi-hit showings ... went 3-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored against Davidson ... was 3-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored versus Ohio State ... matched his career high with four RBI opposite the Buckeyes ... collected a career-high four base hits against Massachusetts ... went 4-for-5 with two RBI versus the Minutemen ... was 5-for-15 with seven RBI in Army's four-game sweep of Holy Cross ... went 5-for-13 as the Black Knights' split their four-game series versus Navy ... delivered the game-winning RBI with his walk-off single against the Midshipmen in the fourth game of the set ... victory clinched Army's eighth straight series "Star" ... hit safely in three of four games at Lehigh, including a pair of multi-hit efforts ... exploded offensively against Bucknell, batting .500 (6-for-12) versus the Bison ... combined to go 5-for-9 in Army's two-game sweep of Lafayette in the Patriot League Semifinal Series ... was 2-for-4 in Game 1 and 3-for-5 in Game 2 ... recorded a pair of two-hit games in the Patriot League Championship Series at Navy, going 2-for-4 in Games 2 and 3.
2010: One of two Army players to start all 45 games ... lined up with lead unit for 44 games behind plate, one at designated hitter position ... emerged as one of Black Knights' most consistent offensive performers ... batted .320 with five doubles, one triple, one home run, 30 runs scored and 18 runs batted in ... closed year with 59 total bases ... posted .386 slugging percentage and .389 on-base mark ... batted safely in 34 of 45 contests ... successful on 5 of 6 stolen base tries ... drew 10 bases on balls ... collected five multiple-hit showings to rank fifth among team leaders ... rapped out three hits on three occasions ... notched pair of multi-RBI performances ... added three sacrifice flies and two sacrifice bunts ... authored season-long nine-game hitting streak early in year ... batted .364 during nine-game stretch ... ranked third among team leaders in base hits (49), triples, runs scored and sacrifice flies, fifth in total bases and stolen bases ... reached first base via hit by pitch on team-leading nine occasions ... hit .313 with two doubles, one home run, 15 runs scored and 11 runs batted in during Patriot League outings ... registered 26 total bases ... posted .388 slugging percentage and .351 on-base mark in conference action ... batted .355 with runners on base against Patriot League foes ... hit .333 with runners in scoring position in those contests ... established single season school record for highest percentage of base runners thrown out (31.7) ... threw out 15 of 29 potential base-stealers ... committed just six fielding errors in 325 chances ... posted .982 fielding percentage ... went 3-for-4 with four runs scored and one run batted in to aid spring-trip defeat of Long Island in state of Florida ... drew one walk and stole two bases in that affair ... went 3-for-3 with one double in road loss to highly regarded Florida ... sandwiched those performances around 2-for-3 effort against Yale ... went 8-for-10 (.800) with six runs scored during that torrid three-game stretch ... went 3-for-4 with one run scored and one RBI during series finale against Navy ... batted safely in all four series games opposite arch rival ... batted .500 (7-14) with four runs scored and three runs batted in during crucial four-game set versus Mids ... went 5-for-7 with two runs scored and two RBI during series-ending twinbill ... efforts against Navy helped him earn Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week honors ... also notched two-hit efforts against Ohio State, Cornell, Holy Cross, Navy, Iona, Lehigh, Bucknell and New York Tech ... fashioned .363 batting average through first 27 games of season ... registered multi-RBI showings against Holy Cross and Lehigh ... batted safely in three of season's final four games.
2009: Earned starting job behind plate upon arrival at West Point ... held lead role throughout rookie campaign ... saw action in 56 of Black Knights' 57 contests ... drew 53 starting assignments ... posted .256 batting average with six doubles, two home runs, 30 runs scored and 28 runs batted in ... finished with 54 total bases ... registered .329 slugging percentage and .323 on-base mark ... went 3-for-6 in stolen base attempts ... batted safely in 30 of 56 outings ... collected 10 multiple-hit showings ... slapped three hits on two occasions ... registered at least two runs batted in eight times ... authored season-long nine-game hitting streak ... batted .393 with six runs scored and six runs batted in during stretch ... hit .267 with runners in scoring position overall ... successfully scored runner from third base with less than two outs on 11 of 18 occasions for 61.1 percent success rate ... recorded 10 two-out runs batted in ... posted .400 batting average when leading off inning ... registered .991 fielding average ... committed just three fielding errors in 328 defensive chances ... threw out seven of 40 potential base-stealers for 17.5 success rate ... started all 20 Patriot League affairs ... batted .305 with two doubles, two home runs, 14 runs scored and 11 RBI in conference action ... collected 26 total bases during Patriot League play ... posted .441 slugging percentage and .369 on-base mark in league tilts ... successfully threw out four of 10 potential conference base-stealers ... batted .286 with runners in scoring position ... collected three multi-hit and three multi-RBI showings in league action ... raised overall seasonal batting average 23 percentage points over final 17 games ... hit .295 with five doubles, 13 runs scored and 15 runs batted in during hot stretch ... collected seven multiple-hit showings during that span ... went 3-for-4 with one double, one run scored and two runs batted in to lead home win over NJIT ... enjoyed outstanding three-game series versus Highlanders ... batted .636 with three doubles, six runs scored and five runs batted in during impressive weekend showing ... earned second Patriot League Rookie of the Week certificate based on that performance ... went 2-for-3 with one run scored and season-high four runs batted in to aid Army's 8-1 Patriot League Championship Series-clinching defeat of Lafayette ... posted three hits and three runs scored to aid Black Knights' regular-season victory over Lafayette as well ... registered first career home run and three RBI to lead home win against Holy Cross ... enjoyed outstanding regular-season series versus Crusaders ... batted .455 with one double, one home run, two runs scored and three runs batted in during four-game set ... three-run blast propelled Army to important 5-2 victory ... collected first Patriot League Rookie of Week citing for his efforts ... smacked other home run versus Lafayette ... went 2-for-2 with two runs scored and one run batted in during early season loss to nationally ranked Ohio State ... ended season on positive note during NCAA regional play ... went 2-for-4 with three runs scored against national No. 1 seed Texas in Austin Regional Final.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played for head coach Todd Agee at Hillcrest High ... earned three varsity letters ... saw action at third base and in outfield, in addition to catching duties ... served as team captain each of final two seasons ... all-state selection ... established single season school home runs record as junior (14) ... helped squad to 6A Alabama state title during junior campaign ... part of coach John Rushing's Post 34 squad that won 2007 Alabama American Legion state championship.
PERSONAL: Given name is James Terrell Watkins ... born Aug. 30, 1989, in Wichita Falls, Texas ... parents' names are Paula and Danny Watkins ... father, Danny, holds scouting position within Boston Red Sox organization ... father also lettered in baseball at Georgia Tech ... majoring in Operations Research.