2010 Baseball America Preseason All-Ameircan (First Team)
2010 Ping! Baseball Preseason All-American
2009 Cape Cod League Thurmon Munson Batting Champion
2009 Cape Cod League Top Prospect
2009 OVC All-Tournament
2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District
2009 OVC Commissioner’s Honor Roll
2008 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American
2008 Ping Baseball All-Ping! Freshman Team
2008 OVC Freshman of the Year
2008 OVC All-Conference Second Team
2008 OVC All-Freshman Team
2008 OVC Commissioner’s Honor Roll
2010 OUTLOOK: Has been a tremendous player during his first two years…a very steady player that has been asset to the program...he is a guy that wants to be the very best at whatever he does and works that way on a daily basis, and it pays off…an outstanding defensive player, accurate throwing arm and a switch hitter…can steal bases and plays hard everyday…gets a good jump on the ball and is a very accurate thrower…had an outstanding summer playing in the Cape Cod League last year.
SUMMER BASEBALL: Led the prestigious Cape Cod League with a .378 batting average after playing for the Falmouth Commodores in 2009 and was named to the All-Star team…won the Thurmon Munson Batting Championship for the Cape, which includes previous winners such as Jason Varitek (1993), Chuck Knoblauch (1988), Paul O’Neill (1975), Pete Rose (1974) and Thurman Munson (1967)….along with winning the batting title, Cunningham also was voted the Cape Cod League’s Outstanding Pro Prospect by the Major League Baseball scouts...he also led the league in hits (59) and on-base percentage (.458) after winning the batting title by 36 points…was second in the Cape in runs scored (31) and slugging percentage (.500), while posting 12 extra-base hits with 22 RBI and also drew 19 walks to post a .458 on-base percentage…Cunningham hit a scorching .427 in July to earn the Cape Cod Player of the Month award…he was also selected to play in the Cape Cod All-Star Game, where his diving catch in centerfield was named as one of the Top 10 plays on ESPN’s SportsCenter on July 23rd…(2008) Played in the Texas Collegiate League with JSU teammates Jason Zylstra and Jake Sharrock in 2008…led the TCL in batting average and finished third in hits, finishing with a .310 average…was named to the TCL All-League team as a centerfielder and was named by Baseball America as two of the TCL’s Top 10 Prospect…played 2004 and 2005 Babe Ruth All-Stars, winning the State Championship and the South Region to advanced to the World Series…finished third in the Babe Ruth World Series in both 2004 and 2005…set the Babe Ruth World Series record with 11 stolen bases in 2005 and was named to the All-World Series Team in 2005…played 2006 with the Boys of Baseball team.
JSU CAREER: (2009) Was just one of two players to play and start all 57 games…finished the season with a .339 batting average, with 10 home runs and 47 RBI…led the team with 80 hits, which was the fourth most in the OVC, and runs scored (66), which was second in the conference…led the OVC and was sixth in the NCAA with nine triples, just one shy single-season record in the OVC and JSU…finished the season with 26 multiple-hit games, including six 3-hit games and one 4-hit game…added 12 multiple-RBI games…had a career-high 18-game hitting streak, which was the second longest of the season and the fifth longest in the OVC…batted .376 in OVC games with seven doubles, four triples and three home runs…batted .453 (45-of-95) as leadoff and .397 with runners in scoring position…became the first player in JSU school history to hit a home run from both sides of the plate after slugging a 3-run homer from the left side in the second inning and then another 3-run homer from the right side in the seventh inning in JSU’s 9-3 win over Murray State (5/23) in the OVC semifinals…totaled a career-high six RBI in that OVC Tournament win over Murray State, going 2-for-4…went 3-for-4 vs Miamia (Ohio) on 3/13 and then went 3-for-4 vs Bradley on 3/16…also had back-to-back 3-hit games vs Samford (4/7) and at Southern Illinois (4/11)…was a double away from hitting for the cycle vs Samford (4/7)…went a perfect 4-for-4 with two RBI and scored three runs vs UAB (5/5) and added a walk and two stolen bases…hit his first homer of the year in the second game of the season at Appalachian State (2/21)…team posted a 7-2 record when he hit a home run in the game…had a hit in 30 of his last 32 games…(2008) Made an immediate impact as a true freshman and was named the Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Year after leading the OVC in runs scored with 65…was named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America squad and to the Ping Baseball All-Ping! Freshman Team after batting .340, after recording 73 hits, with 16 doubles, three triples, one home runs and 30 RBI…started 57 of 58 games, including 55 in left field and two in right field…finished the season with 22 multiple-hit games, including 10 3-hit games…had seven multiple-RBI games…posted a season-best seven game hitting streak…had his first 3-hit game in the third game of the season, going 3-for-4 vs Millsaps (2/26)…had his best series of the year against Samford, going 6-for-11 with four runs scored and three walks…had a career-RBI game at Morehead State on 5/4, where he went 3-for-6, with three doubles and drove in three runs…hit his only homer of the season in JSU’s 19-7 win at Austin Peay on 3/30…batted .356 vs OVC opponents with 11 doubles, one triple, one home run and 19 RBI…batted .373 with runners in scoring position…Gamecocks posted a 28-7 record with him in the leadoff batting spot.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played for David Deerman, Michael Graben and Rusty Burroughs at Jacksonville High School for five years…was a three-time first-team All-State selection (2005, 2006, 2007) and was named second-team All-State in 2004 by the Alabama Sports Writers Association…was a four-time All-County selection…was named to the Birmingham News All-State team as a senior and was a member of the Anniston Star’s Diamond Dazzler teams after batting .430 with 66 runs scored and an on-base percentage of .593 as a senior…finished his career with a .446 batting average with 216 runs scored and 112 stolen bases for the Golden Eagles…was selected to the East-West Lion’s Club All-Star team in 2006…also lettered in football, where he was an All-County punter for the Golden Eagles…was an honor student and was named the Salutatorian of his high school class…was named Who’s Who Among American High School Students.
PERSONAL: Full name is Thomas David Cunningham, III…son of T. David Cunningham, Jr., and Brenda…born on March 20, 1989…has one younger brother, Tyler…lists the Atlanta Braves as his favorite major league team…majoring in Psychology at JSU.
Year AVG G-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB-A
2008 .340 57-57 215 65 73 16 3 1 30 40 31 6-7
2009 .339 57-57 236 66 80 14 9 10 47 24 24 9-11
TOTALS .339 114-114 451 131 153 30 12 11 77 64 55 15-18
AB: 7, at #6 Georgia (4/29/09)
R: 4, at Morehead State (5/3/08)
H: 4, vs UAB (5/5/09)
2B: 3, at Morehead State (5/4/08)
3B: 1, 12 times, last UT Martin (5/16/09)
HR: 2, vs Murray State (5/23/09)
RBI: 6, vs Murray State (5/23/09)