DeBord brings a wealth of experience behind the plate to the Pump Jacks this season, making his East Texas debut.
As the regular catcher for Kansas State University this past season, playing in 50 games with 44 starts, the redshirt sophomore posted a .257 batting average with 2 home runs and 28 RBI along with 8 doubles. But perhaps his strongest suit was his defense, as he did not make a single error in the field in 208 chances while throwing out 8 base runners trying to steal.
DeBord redshirted the 2011 season due to injury, but in 2010 as a true freshman, he hit .340 with 13 doubles, 2 homers and 22 RBI, finishing 6 points shy of the freshman batting average record at Kansas State. He was the backup catcher that season, but also started 40 games as the designated hitter and ranked 7th in the Big 12 with a .467 on-base percentage.
Originally from Manhattan, Kan., DeBord was a 4-year standout at Manhattan High School, earning First Team All-State his senior season. He joins teammates Gerardo Esquivel, Jared Moore, and RJ Santigate on this season’s Pump Jacks squad.