The junior designated hitter hit .317 with 50 RBIs.
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Michigan State vs. Eastern Illinois, Feb. 28, 2014
May 5, 2013; East Lansing, MI; Michigan State vs. Purdue. Credit: Matthew Mitchell
2014 (JUNIOR): NCBWA Third-Team All-America selection and All-Big Ten second team honoree ... Winner of the Spartans' John Kobs Most Valuable Player and Kirk Gibson Offensive Player of the Year awards ... Led the team and ranked third in the Big Ten with 50 RBIs ... Ranked second on the team in batting average (.317) ... His 22 doubles were the most in the Big Ten and tied the school record ... Recorded a hit in 44 of 57 games ... Finished the season with 70 hits, making back-to-back season of 60 or more hits ... Had a 12- game hitting streak that came to an end on March 9 ... Belted a go-ahead, two-run homer in the ninth inning to lift MSU to a 2-1 victory over No. 21 TCU (3/8) ... His 107 total bases on the season ranked fifth in the Big Ten ... Had a team-high 22 multi-hit games ... Enters 2015 with 42-career doubles, five short of Scott Ayotte's program record 47.
2013 (SOPHOMORE): Named to All-Mideast Region Second Team . . . third-team All-Big Ten selection . . . appeared in 47 games during the season while starting 46 of them . . . led the team in batting average (.343), doubles (14), and hits (62) . . . batted in 35 runs and scored 28 . . . started 31 games as the designated hitter . . . went 4-for-5 with a with four RBIs, four runs and two homers in a win over Illinois on May 3 . . . named Big Ten Player of the Week on April 29 after going 9-for-15 with four RBIs versus Notre Dame (4/24) and Purdue (4/26-28) . . . had a team-high 10 game hitting streak from April 12 to May 4 where he went 21-for-40 with 12 runs scored and 11 RBIs . . . hit three doubles versus Purdue (4/26) . . . recorded four hits twice, versus Santa Clara (3/16) and Illinois (5/3) . . . named Big Ten Player of the Week on March 18 after batting .667 (8-for-12) with a double, homer, four RBIs and four runs in the sweep over Santa Clara (3/15-16).
SUMMER 2012: Played for the Southern Ohio Copperheads of the Great Lakes Collegiate League . . . named a Great Lakes First Team All-League selection as a catcher . . . hit .319 with seven home runs, 14 doubles and 26 RBIs in 37 games for the Copperheads.
2012 (FRESHMAN): Saw action in 31 games, including 20 starts as a designated hitter . . . All-Big Ten Freshman Team selection . . . compiled a .288 batting average with 14 RBIs . . . posted a .515 slugging percentage . . . hit .320 vs. left-handed pitching . . . hit three homers, including two in the Iowa series; also hit a homer vs. Indiana in the Big Ten Tournament at Huntington Park in Columbus, Ohio . . . went 1-for-2 with two RBIs and a double vs. Fresno State (6/2) in the NCAA Regionals.
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner under Coach Nick DiPonio (2008-10) and Coach Matt Petry (2011) at Orchard Lake St. Mary's High School . . . selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft (38th round, No. 1157 overall) . . . ranked the No. 5 player in Michigan and one of the top 500 players in the nation according to Perfect Game . . . rated the No. 14 prospect for the Class of 2011 by MichiganBaseballProspects.org . . . named the East Team MVP at the 2011 Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game played at Comerica Park after going 3-for-4 in the game . . . earned first-team MHSBCA Division 2 All-State honors his senior year . . . also named to The Detroit News All-Metro Team and the All-Oakland County Team . . . finished his senior season with a .471 batting average and had seven home runs, 36 RBIs, 12 doubles and three triples; he also compiled a .547 on-base percentage . . . served as a captain in 2011 . . . named to the MHSBCA 2010 Division 2 All-State First Team after hitting .410 with four homers and 41 RBIs . . . earned all-district honors four times, and all-area, all-county, and all-region honors three times . . . two-time first-team all-conference selection . . . led Orchard Lake St. Mary's to three straight district titles and a state runner-up finish in 2008 . . . played summer baseball for the Motor City Hit Dogs (2008) and the Midland Braves (2009) . . . also a three-year letterwinner in football as a defensive end and tight end.
PERSONAL: Son of John and Kelley Salter . . . born June 25, 1993 . . . his father, John, played baseball at Bowling Green . . . his grandfather, Bill Freehan, played for the Detroit Tigers (1961, `63-76) . . . his great uncle, Dan O'Brien, played for the St. Louis Cardinals (1978-79) . . . chose Michigan State over several schools, including Ole Miss.
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