COACHS QUOTE: We are counting on Jimmy to have his finest year yet. He is in the best shape of his career and has an excellent curveball to go with a very good fastball and changeup combination.
Rhodes has command of three pitches and will be counted on to pitch a lot of innings this season.
2002: Recorded a 2-4 ledger with a 6.59 ERA ... struck out 29 batters in 42 innings pitched ... worked five innings and struck out a season high seven batters while recording a save against Delaware (2/24) ... worked 5.1 innings in his longest stint of the year, but picked up the loss to Oral Roberts (2/14) ... pitched three innings of relief against UALR (4/30) and did not allow a hit ... started in seven of 13 games of action.
2001: Was 4-1 with a 4.28 ERA in 27.1 innings pitched ... made eight appearances for the Cowboys with four starts ... picked up his fourth win of the season over Ole Miss (5/26) in the NCAA regional, throwing seven innings in relief and allowing only two runs ... picked up first career win with five innings of one-hit ball against Princeton (3/11) ... also earned wins over Marshall (3/19) and Santa Clara (4/4).
HIGH SCHOOL: Was the 2000 West Virginia Player of the Year after posting a perfect 12-0 ledger at Jefferson High ... was the winning hurler in teams back-to-back state championships in 1998 and 1999 ... went 11-0 with a 2.17 ERA in his junior season with 103 strikeouts and 39 walks in 67 innings ... also threw a no-hitter in 1999 ... four-year letterwinner in baseball and three-year letterwinner as a forward in basketball ... went 35-1 in his four seasons as a pitcher and was a two-time all-state selection ... drafted in the 39th round by the Atlanta Braves in the 2000 amateur baseball draft.
PERSONAL: His hobbies include hunting and fishing ... an education major ... son of Randy and Rita Rhodes ... has one sister, Laura Colbert ... born May 21, 1982 ... career goal is to play professional baseball and then coach .... favorite pitcher is Greg Maddux ... chose OSU because he loved the campus when he visited and because of the established baseball tradition.