Saw action in 46 games in rookie season at catcher and in outfield... Made 29 starts, including 11 behind the plate... Batted .273 with 20 RBIs and 18 runs scored... Had five doubles and 38 total bases... Tied for third on team with 20 walks... Fifth on team with a .380 on-base percentage... Had nine multi-hit games and six multi-RBI outings... Delivered two-out, pinch-hit walkoff single against Delaware May 11 in final home series... Had season-high three hits at Stetson March 4... Belted two doubles and scored three times at Old Dominion May 18... Drew three walks against Alabama State April 4... Made just two errors on the year en route to a .977 fielding percentage with 79 putouts... Won the Panther Service Award as the male student-athlete who participated in the highest number of community service hours.
Lettered three seasons for coach Bobby Gatlin at Region 3-AAAA Whitewater High School in Fayetteville, Ga... Earned all-county honors each season... Batted .437 senior year in leading team to state runner-up finish... Earned Georgia Dugout Club player of the week honors after a game against Fayette County, going 4-for-5 at the plate, smacking two home runs, a triple, a single and totaling eight RBIs... Junior year, batted .413 in guiding team to state semifinals... Sophomore season, hit .397... At the club level, played for former Panther Rodney Dickinson with the Homeplate Chilidogs.
Joel Ryan Van Asch was born Dec. 30, 1992 to Chris and Lisa Van Asch in Elizabeth City, N.C... Has one older brother, Christian... Major is undecided.