Craig Tatum • Catcher •
is a vastly improved young catcher ready to challenge for the starting
job behind the dish ... Possesses one of the strongest and more
accurate arms among MSU's youthful receiver corps ... Former high
school teammate of current MSU sophomore pitcher Jeff Lacher.
Sat out the 2002 campaign as a freshman redshirt.
Four-year regular as a catcher and pitcher at Hattiesburg High School
for coach Larry Knight ... Tabbed as the Mississippi Gatorade Player
of the Year after hitting a team-best .435 with 51 hits and 54 RBI
... Helped lead the Tigers to a 30-9 finish in 2001 ... Also notched
a 7-3 pitching record with a save and a 3.94 earned run average
... Struck out 80 in 57 innings ... Honored as the team's MVP and
best defensive player ... Selected to play in the 2001 Mississippi
High School All-Star Game ... All-state selection and member of
the Jackson Clarion-Ledger's ≥Dandy Dozen≤ ... Won the team batting
title as a junior with a .411 batting average ... Also took the
hill and compiled a 6-1 pitching record with two saves and a 2.85
as a junior ... Participated in the 2000 East Coast Professional
Baseball Showcase in Wilmington, N.C.
Born Craig Browning Tatum on March 18, 1983 in Hattiesburg, Miss.
... Son of Robert and Kimberly Tatum of Hattiesburg, Miss. ... Majoring
in Banking and Finance.