Very determined pitcher with a desire to contribute to this team... Had sensational outings in the fall, holding opposing hitters to a composite .133 average and striking out 22 in 27 innings... Quiet and crafty.
Wayne Graham said -- "Jonathan was our most improved player in the fall. There are indications that he's going to have an impact in multiple roles, possibly as a starter, also as a long reliever or even a closer."
Was selected in the 29th round of the 2007 major league draft by the Toronto Blue Jays... Worked a total of 2.1 innings in five appearances... Faced a slate of teams that included Cal State Fullerton on the road, No. 1 Vanderbilt, Texas A&M and Long Beach State... Fired a hitless 1.1 innings against Long Beach State... Played in the Texas Collegiate League (McKinney) in the summer of 2007.
SAN JACINTO COLLEGE
Two-year starter and letterman at San Jacinto College... Helped lead the Gators to a regional championship and third-place finish at the 2006 Junior College World Series in Grand Junction, Colo.... Went 5-1 with a 3.10 ERA in 2006... Averaged 6.8 strikeouts and 4.9 walks per nine innings last season... Posted an 8-2 record with a 3.20 ERA for his career... Teammate of current Owls Jared Gayhart, Chris Kelley and J.P. Padron... Coached by Tom Arrington... Maintained a 3.1 grade point average... Played in the Texas Collegiate League (McKinney) over the summer... Started on the mound in the final game of the TCL's championship series.
2004 graduate of Sam Rayburn High School...Two-year starter and letterman for the Texans under coach Billy Hurry... First team all-district outfielder and pitcher... Won the district batting crown with a .421 average... Named Houston Area allstar... Member of National Honor Society with a 4.2 grade point average... Active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Full Name: Jonathan James Peter Runnels. Born:Feb. 7, 1986, at Pasadena. Parents: Steve and Melaina Runnels, Pasadena (one brother and one sister). Father played baseball at Baylor. Grandfather, Pete Runnels, played 14 seasons (1951-64) in the major leagues, including the final two years with the Houston Colt .45's. Major: sports management. College: Lovett.