Professional Baseball Player
Since birth CJ has been athletically inclined. Growing up in an athletic family, he started playing competition sports at age 5. He possesses a winning spirit and competitive instinct in all types of sports. After indulging in soccer and basketball, he stretched his interest into the field of baseball, where his talent sparked the foundation of his dream…to become a Professional Baseball Player.
CJ began playing tee-ball at South Little League (Winston-Salem, NC). He was given the position of first base and shortstop. CJ always seemed to end up in the direction that the ball was landing. He loved to practice on the tee; you could always find him in the backyard with a bucket of balls, working on his swing everyday. He’s a natural right-hander, but he wanted to be a switch hitter like Pete Rose, one of his favorite players. So at age 11, he asked his father to teach him the art of switch-hitting. He was always chosen for All-Stars. On the Majors field, he ended up with 19 Home-runs (in which he still holds the record today).
Upon entering High School at Parkland (Winston-Salem, NC) CJ became a solid fixture in the line up of the Mustangs. He started every game as a freshman, batted 3rd in the lineup, and made All-Conference. In 2004 after his freshmen year, CJ decided to play at Glenn High School and for Coach Dale Ijames. Glenn High baseball (under the Coaching of Dale Ijames and later John Fowler) was a dominant force in the 3A Piedmont Triad, winning over 10 consecutive conference championships. At Glenn he finished with a .468 batting avg, Piedmont Conference Player of the year, All-Conference, All-Area, All-State. He was selected to play in the State Games and on the North Carolina vs. South Carolina Select Team. He currently holds the school record for most home runs in a single season (9) and tied the record for career Home-runs (18).
CJ received over 65 letters from schools such as LSU, Kentucky, NC State, Ohio State, Kansas, Yale, Virginia, to name a few. Through many nights of prayer, CJ chose North Carolina A&T State University. NCA&T offered him a full baseball scholarship and a starting position as a freshman. CJ wanted to play right away, and be close to his family, church and also play at the D-1 level.
CJ received many awards during his collegiate career. He was awarded MEAC Rookie of the Year, Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American, First Team All MEAC (3x), NC A&T Rookie of the Year and NC A&T Male Athlete of the Year (2x).
In 2009, he was selected in the 26th Round of the MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. CJ reached the level of High-A (Palm Beach) before his release in 2011. Since his release, CJ has played in the Major Leagues in Australia (Brisbane) and in various independent leagues.
CJ is the oldest of 4 siblings, Carlyle, Allyson and Chandler, and parents Chris and Lorraine. CJ’s favorite quote is, “Never be afraid of failure…because without failure success becomes nearly impossible”
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