#6 Jonathan Popadics
Pos: INF
Height: 5-10
Weight: 175
Year: SO
Major: Business Administration
Parents: Mark & Barbara
Birthday: 9/17
Hometown: Boise, ID
High School: Centennial

2013: Expected to provide stellar defense once again as one of the finest shortstops in the GSAC…makes both the routine and spectacular plays with great hands and range…an accurate arm gets the ball across the infield in a hurry…turns the double play fluidly…his excellence in the field is a source of confidence for the club’s pitching staff…slated to be the team’s lead-off hitter from the opening pitch…has superb plate discipline, working the count and not chasing pitches…hits to all fields…runs well and is a threat to steal every time he reaches base…should vie for postseason honors.

2012: Following an outstanding fall, the first-year player earned the starting job at shortstop and contributed significantly to the nation’s best defense…committed only eight errors and set a single-season record with 162 assists…threw out a season-high six runners vs. Biola on 3/22/12…played a part in 32 double plays…during the early stages of the season, he alternated between the top and bottom of the batting order, but settled in as the No. 9 hitter the rest of the way where he gave the Mustangs lead-off production…drew a team-high 26 walks and sacrificed a team-best nine times….was second on the squad with 15 stolen bases and third in runs scored (31)…had two or more hits in a game six times…rapped out a season-best three hits vs. Cal State San Marcos on 4/5/12…hit safely in 15 of the team’s final 17 games…drove in two or more runs five times, including a season-high three rbi against La Sierra on 4/27/12…walked twice in a game on seven occasions.

Centennial HS: Over a three-year varsity career, he parlayed a trio of outstanding seasons for the Patriots into multiple post-season honors…was a starter at second base his first two years and spent his senior season at shortstop…part of two state tournament teams, the Patriots won the District 3 championship his junior year and lost in the state title game…hit .325 as a sophomore…a year later, he hit an eye-popping .508 on the way to second-team All-Southern Idaho Conference and all-state honors…capped off three outstanding seasons in 2011 when he hit .476 and was named first-team All-SIC…repeated as an all-state choice.