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#15 Johnny Bladel
Position: Outfield/Pithcer
Bats: R
Throws: R
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 190
Year: Senior
City/State: Ashburn, Va.
High School: Stone Bridge
Major: Sport & recreation management
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Career Highlights:

  • Third Team All-CAA as a senior while ranking among national leaders for walks and on-base percentage
  • ABCA First Team All-East Region
  • Second Team All-CAA and First Team All-State as a sophomore
  • Most Outstanding Player of the 2011 CAA Championship and named to NCAA All-Regional Team in Chapel Hill
  • Three-time CAA Rookie of the Week in 2010
  • CAA All-Rookie Team

As a senior:

  • Third Team All-CAA
  • Led the CAA with 52 walks and a .487 on-base percentage
  • JMU's team leader in on-base percentage (.487), walks (52), hit by pitch (16), plate appearances (275), games (55), starts (54), longest hitting streak (16 games) and longest streak of reaching base (27 games)
  • Within the 26-game league slate, ranked sixth in average (.376), eighth with 38 hits, first with 36 runs, first with 23 walks and first with a .523 on-base percentage
  • Finished ranked sixth in career on-base percentage (.464) at JMU along with sixth in career runs (191), eighth in career triples (10), 10th in career steals (53), third in career walks (148), third in career hit by pitches (39), third in season walks (52) and sixth in season hit by pitches (16)
  • Ranked 17th nationally with 1.09 runs per game, 14th with a .487 on-base percentage, fourth with 0.95 walks per game, 12th with 52 walks, 74th with 0.29 hit by pitches per game and 54th with 16 hit by pitches
  • Carried nine-game hitting streak into season and extended to 10 before snapped at CCU
  • 2-for-4 with a double, a walk and career-high four RBIs in Binghamton game two
  • 5-for-8 with six runs scored and two walks in Hofstra doubleheader
  • 2-for-3 with two walks, two RBIs and four runs scored in win over UNCW
  • Two doubles in opener at George Mason
  • 2-for-4 with three walks and three runs in home win over Liberty
  • 4-for-4 with a run and an RBI in Northeastern middle game
  • 2-for-3 with three runs, a double and a walk at VMI
  • 2-for-4 with a walk and a steal at Radford
  • Double and three walks in middle game of GSU series for 40th walk of the season
  • 3-for-4 with a hit by pitch in GSU finale
  • Settled down after four-run first inning to retire 16 of next 18 batters faced as starting pitcher in Georgia State finale, posting career highs of six innings and six strikeouts
  • Allowed five runs but just two earned in 5 1/3 innings as starter vs. GW
  • 3-for-4 with three runs scored in teh Towson opener
  • Closed Towson series by tying career high six innings pitched and new high of seven strikeouts to achieve first career pitching victory
  • Career-high of 7 2/3 innings against Delaware with six strikeouts while earning second win
  • 4-for-5 with two doubles, a triple, his second home run, four runs scored, a career-high five RBIs and a hit by pitch in wild 20-19 loss to William and Mary in the CAA Tournament
  • Single, 52nd walk and 16th hit by pitch in final career game vs. Northeastern in CAA Tournament

As a junior:

  • During 30 CAA league games, ranked seventh with 18 walks
  • Finished junior season ranked seventh in JMU history with a .454 career on-base percentage
  • Posted a 15-game hitting streak spanning his sophomore and junior seasons and will carry an active nine-game hitting streak into his senior year
  • Preseason All-CAA
  • Four hits and three walks with scoreless inning on mound in opening weekend
  • Three walks, a double, steal and three runs scored in ODU middle game
  • Worked two innings on the mound in ODU finale with no hits allowed but an unearned run
  • Four hits and three walks for a .500 on-base percentage in the Towson series to close the season
  • Competed during 2012 summer with a .385 average and .484 on-base percentage with five doubles, two triples, two home runs, 23 runs scored, 16 RBIs and 15 walks.

As a sophomore:

  • First Team All-Region in the East by the American Baseball Coaches Association
  • Second Team All-CAA in the outfield
  • VaSID First Team All-State
  • Season totals placed him fourth in JMU history for runs (69), seventh for triples (5), ninth for steals (26), 10th for walks (42), seventh for hit by pitches (13) and second for sacrifice flies (8)
  • Ranked in the top 100 nationally in several categories - fifth runs per game (1.23), eighth runs (69), 93rd triples per game (0.09), 53rd triples (5), 40th on-base percentage (.478), 42nd steals per game (0.46), 38th steals (26), 45th walks per game (0.75), 49th walks (42) and ninth sacrifice flies (8)
  • Within the CAA, ranked eighth for batting average (.360), second on-base percentage (.478), second runs (69), 10th hits (76), second triples (5), 14th total bases (110), second walks (42), seventh hit by pitches (13), second sacrifice flies (8), second steals (26) and fifth for plate appearances (277)
  • In 30 CAA conference games, ranked seventh on-base percentage (.453), 12th runs (25), 10th doubles (9), seventh triples (2), fifth walks (20), first sacrifice flies (5), seventh steals (10), first fielding percentage (1.000)
  • Established a single game JMU record for sacrifice flies with three at Delaware on April 24 and tied the mark for plate appearances in a game with eight against Bucknell Feb. 18
  • Predicted as fourth-best MLB prospect in CAA for 2012 draft by Perfect Game
  • Rated as best outfield arm in CAA in preseason survey of league coaches
  • Reached base 18 times in Bucknell series with eight hits, six walks, and four hit by pitches in four games
  • 4-for-5 with four RBIs, three runs and two doubles in middle game vs. Hofstra
  • 3-for-4 with a double, triple and two RBIs in Hofstra finale
  • Third consecutive game with multiple hits with two, including a double, at Virginia
  • 3-for-5 with two runs, an RBI and a triple in middle game vs. ODU
  • Walked four times, stole a base and scored a run in ODU finale
  • Returned from brief injury hiatus with an RBI single, two walks and two steals in Mason finale
  • Sat out Georgia State series then returned to score five runs with a lead-off solo homer, two singles, a steal, a walk and two RBIs against Maryland
  • Three walks, triple, RBI and three runs scored in UNCG opener, followed by 4-for-4 in middle game and 3-for-5 with two runs and three RBIs in finale
  • Honored as CAA Co-Player of the Week April 18
  • Named CollegeBaseballInsider.com Northeast Region Player of the Week April 20
  • Made first two career pitching appearances in 84th & 85th games
  • Set school record with three sacrifice flies in Sunday's win at Delaware, including the game winner in the 10th inning
  • 3-for-3 in UNCW opener with three runs, three RBIs, two walks, and a steal
  • Ran career-long hitting streak to 12 games with two hits in UNCW finale
  • Base hit and career-long 1 2/3 innings pitched without a run May 10 vs. Longwood
  • First two Towson games combined four hits, five runs, two RBIs and a walk
  • CAA Tournament MVP after going 8-for-13 (.615) with a six runs scored, four RBIs, a double and a three-run homer 
  • Named to NCAA All-Regional Team after hitting .438 with five runs a double, three walks and two steals
  • Also made most extensive pitching appearance of the season in regional finale vs. UNC, tossing 3 1/3 innings and allowing just two hits and an unearned run
  • Led all JMU players in seven total postseason games by hititing .517 with 11 runs, two doubles, a home run, five RBIs, five steals, three walks and a hit by pitch while posting a .576 on-base percentage in the leadoff spot
  • Played the 2011 summer with the Bourne Braves in the Cape Cod Baseball League

As a freshman:

  • CAA All-Rookie Team
  • Three-time CAA Rookie of the Week
  • Preseason named #2 newcomer in CAA by Baseball America
  • Ended the season with a .324 batting average, playing in 52 out of JMU's 53 games as a freshman with 58 hits and 42 runs
  • Made JMU debut against #12 Coastal Carolina as starting center fielder
  • First collegiate hit against #6 UC Irvine
  • One run, two hits, and three RBIs in four at-bats against Longwood
  • Had three hits and one run against Stetson
  • Scored four runs and had two hits and two RBIs against North Florida
  • Four hits and three runs against Liberty
  • Singled, walked, and scored vs Virginia
  • Walked and delivered sacrifice fly against Towson
  • Two each of hits, runs, RBIs, and walks with a double and first triple against VMI, missing a home run by five feet
  • Double, single, and two runs in Mason opener
  • Two hits with a double in Mason finale
  • CAA Rookie of the Week March 29
  • 3-3 three runs, double, two walks in win over Radford
  • Reached in nine straight appearances over two games, going 4-5 at Longwood with four runs, two RBIs, double, and first home run
  • After three hits in 40 April at bats, ended month with 2-3, RBI, and a walk at Maryland
  • Three hits with a double, two runs, and three RBIs in Delaware opener
  • Triple each in games two and three vs. UD
  • CAA Rookie of the Week 5/3
  • Two hits and hit by a pitch in Hofstra opener
  • Sac fly and RBI single to run hitting streak to eight in Hofstra finale
  • 2-3 3RBIs, steal, hit by pitch at ECU
  • Two hits with a double in VCU finale to run hit streak to 12 games
  • Continued hit streak to 13 games in a CAA Tournament victory over UNC Wilmington adding one run and a stolen base.
  • Played summer 2010 with the Herndon Braves in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League
  • Named First Team All-League in the CRCBL and named to All-Star squad for Mid-Atlantic Classic
  • Ranked fifth in the league with a .317 average and led the CRCBL with 29 steals in 32 attempts
  • Had a .385 on-base percentage and .439 slugging mark
  • Identified by Baseball America as the seventh-best professional prospect in the league

Before JMU:

  • Played for Sam Plank and the Stone Bridge H.S. Bulldogs
  • Played summer 2009 for Fairfax Nationals in collegiate Clark Griffith League
  • Identified as #7 prospect in league by Baseball America and #6 by PGCrosschecker.com
  • Led CGL in batting (.356) while fourth slugging (.475), second on-base % (.450), fifth hits (36), fourth RBIs (21), fifth doubles (8), fourth triples (2), seventh total bases (48), 11th walks (16), and fifth steals (12)
  • Three time high school Team MVP, First Team Liberty District, First Team All Loudon County
  • Two time First Team All Northern Region as a junior and senior
  • Set Stone Bridge career records for average (.443), home runs (9), and RBIs (66)
  • As a senior, named MVP of West Team in Virginia High School Coaches Association state all-star game, going 2-for-2 with a double
  • Started in first-ever GamedayMagazine.com All-Star Game in Northern Virginia and won event's Home Run Derby
  • Liberty District Player of the Year, Northern Region Co-Player of the Year, Loudon County Player of the Year, First Team Washington Post All Met, First Team All State
  • School records for RBIs and home runs
  • Season records RBIs, doubles, home runs
  • As a junior, Liberty District Co-Player of the Year, Second Team Washington Post All Met, Honorable Mention All State, UnderArmour Pre-Season All American
  • Led team in average (.471 school record), hits (33), triples (2), runs (22), total bases (52), RBIs (27, school record), slugging (.743), OPS (1.325), OB% (.582)
  • As a sophomore, Second Team All Region, Honorable Mention Washington Post "All Met", led team in average (.418), hits (33), doubles (10, school record), HR's (1), runs (21), total bases (46), slugging (.582), OPS (1.041), RBI's (19)
  • As a freshman led JV team with .479 average
  • Also played football at Stone Bridge where he was All-Region as a defensive back and All-District as a wide receiver.

Personal:

  • Son of Niki and Bob Bladel
  • Sport and recreation management major
  • Enjoys golf, movies, and video games
  • Dad played baseball at Siena College and was inducted into their Athletic Hall of Fame
  • Brother, Peter, played football at Virginia and Christopher Newport

Career Statistics

Yearavggp-gsabrh2b3bhrrbitbslg%bbhbpsogdpob%sfshsb-attpoaefld%
2010.... .324 52-48 179 43 58 13 3 1 33 80 .447 28 7 42 4 .427 4 1 10-10 121 6 5 .962
2011.... .360 56-56 211 69 76 12 5 4 41 110 .521 42 13 47 3 .478 8 3 26-34 112 16 5 .962
2012.... .284 25-25 95 19 27 4 1 0 11 33 .347 26 3 19 1 .448 1 0 7-9 66 13 3 .963
2013.... .319 55-54 207 60 66 13 1 2 26 87 .420 52 16 30 3 .487 0 0 10-12 91 5 2 .980
TOTAL... .328 188-183 692 191 227 42 10 7 111 310 .448 148 39 138 11 .464 13 4 53-65 390 40 15 .966

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2011.... 1.00 0-0 6 0 0 0/0 0 9.0 7 2 1 3 6 1 0 0 40 .194 0 1 0 0 0
2012.... 6.00 0-1 4 0 0 0/0 0 6.0 10 7 4 3 4 0 0 1 33 .400 1 2 0 2 1
2013.... 8.22 2-0 10 7 0 0/0 0 38.1 56 40 35 10 31 13 2 7 186 .333 3 7 0 0 1
TOTAL... 6.75 2-1 20 7 0 0/0 0 53.1 73 49 40 16 41 14 2 8 259 .319 4 10 0 2 2

Career Highs

Runs: 5, 2x, most recently Maryland 4/13/11
Hits: 4, 6x, William and Mary 5/23/13
RBIs: 5, William and Mary 5/23/13
Steals: 2, 5x, Hartford 3/2/11
Hitting Streak: 16, 3/9/13-4/7/13

Innings: 7.2, Delaware 5/18/13
Strikeouts: 7, Towson 5/11/13


Getting to know Johnny...

Why did you choose JMU
Everything about it

What's your current major:
Sport and recreation management

If you didn't play baseball what other sport would you want to play
Golf

Describe yourself in three words
Loving my life

Biggest inspiration
My dad

Favorite personal baseball memory
Playing in a NCAA regional championship

Best advice you were ever given
Don't close any doors you may have open to your future

Favorite part of being on a team
Being around all of the guys

Personal saying or motto you try to live by
I live my life, have as much fun as possible, be as nice to people as possible, have a bunch of good friends and good experiences and pursue my interests

"People would be surprised to know that I..."
Produce electronic music

Biggest pet peeve
People who don't know how to drive

Any weird pre-game rituals
Just listen to music

Your Go-To outfit
Anything that matches my black and green DC snap back hat

Favorite place to eat on campus
E-hall

Biggest fear
Snakes

Favorite Quote
We shape our lives by the power of our minds

What do you enjoy doing other than playing baseball
Listing to and producing music, going to concerts, golfing, playing video games, and kickin' it

Last movie you watched
Batman Begins

"After college I see myself..."
Continuing to play baseball, working in graphic design for Nike, or doing anything in the music industry



Pick One:
Baseball in the hot or cold weather
: hot

Early bird or night owl:
night owl
Pepsi or Coke:
Coke
Vanilla or Chocolate:
Vanilla
Gray, White, Gold, or Purple uniform:
gold


Team Tell-All:                                                                                  
Most/Least Swag:
Most-Luke Drayer Least- Luke Munson
Funniest:
Cole McInturf
Hardest Worker:
Colby Roberts
Most Serious:
Bradley Shaban
Most likely to fall asleep on the bus:
Billy Logan
Most likely to be eating:
Nick Merullo