Battling with senior Tim Doty for the starting job at first base... A very strong player... A legitimate power guy... Has a very nice swing... Can put the fat part of the bat on the ball... Should fit somewhere in the middle of the order... Needs to improve defensively and improve his footwork around the bag.
during fall drills
Made three appearances with one start at first base and one at designated hitter for the victorious White Sox during the Fall Ball World Series... Led the team with a .600 batting average with a double and two runs scored... Also had a .778 on-base percentage with three walks and a hit-by-pitch... Totaled a hit in each game with zero strikeouts... Went 1-for-1 in stolen bases.
at seaman high school
A four-year starter and letterman at Seaman High School in Topeka, Kan. ... Nominated for the Wendy's High School Heisman Award as a senior... Helped Seaman to an 18-7 record in 2002 and to the Class 5A State Championship game where the Vikings fell to Ark City, 9-5... Named first team Class 5A all-state as a senior by the Kansas Association of Baseball Coaches (KABC)... Posted a .391 batting average with six home runs, 20 runs scored and a city-high 37 RBIs... Trailed only current teammate Jon Mallett for the city home run title... Three times earned first team Topeka Capital-Journal All-City and All-Centennial League honors, first as a utility player (sophomore), then as a catcher (junior) before being named as an infielder (senior)... Ranks in the top 5 in five career and two single-season records at Seaman, including the career leader in RBIs with 69... Placed third in career hits (66) and home runs (9), fourth in games played (61) and at-bats (186) and fifth in single-season home runs (5) and RBIs (30)... Had a career .355 batting average... Also saw action as a pitcher in his career, tallying a 4-0 record and 3.11 ERA in 54 innings pitched with 41 strikeouts as a junior... Led the team in home runs and RBIs as both a sophomore and junior... As a junior, tallied a .385 average in 65 at-bats with 16 runs scored on 25 hits and 25 RBIs... Helped the Vikings win the 2000 5A State Baseball Championship as a sophomore... Had two hits and four RBIs in the championship game... Was the winning pitcher against top-ranked Haysville-Campus in the state semifinals... A three-sport athlete who also starred in football and basketball... Lettered three years in both football and basketball... As a senior, collected first team All-City and All-Centennial League accolades as a quarterback and punter... Led Seaman to a perfect 9-0 regular-season record en route to the Centennial League championship and third straight berth in the Class 5A playoffs... Accounted for 1,125 yards of total offense and 17 touchdowns, while also leading the city in punting (36.0 yards/game)... Completed 46 of 93 passes for 845 yards and a city-high 10 touchdowns to go with 280 yards on the ground and seven touchdowns... Nominated for the 2002 Shrine Bowl... Honored as a first team all-league and second team all-city selection as a tight end and defensive end as a junior... Earned second team all-league accolades as a punter as a sophomore... Named to the All-Class 5A second team and All-City first team in basketball in 2002 after averaging a team-best 17.2 points per game... Cracked double figures in 19 of 21 games with a high of 27 points... Closed his career with a 20-point, 12-rebound performance in a sub-state loss to Kansas City-Wyandotte... Earned second team All-City honors as a junior after averaging a team-best 13.3 points and 6.9 rebounds... Also twice named first team All-Centennial League... Two-year member of the National Honor Society... Earned Seaman's Scholar-Athlete award as a junior... High Honor Roll for three years at Seaman... Coached by Steve Bushnell.
(Full name: Christopher Lee Carlson) was born Jan. 7, 1984, in Topeka, Kan. ... He is the son of Dan and Kim Carlson... Has three younger brothers, Nick (15), Ben (14) and Zach (12)... Uncle, Mike Carlson, was a first team NAIA All-American at Emporia State in 1987... Mike still holds many career hitting records at ESU... Inducted into the ESU Hall of Fame during the fall of 2001... Recalls his greatest sports thrill as Seaman winning the 5A State Baseball Championship when he was a sophomore... Went 2-for-4 at the plate with four RBIs in championship game... Is planning a major in business administration.