Jimmy is coming off his junior season at Kansas University where he batted clean up for the Jayhawks in all 57 games of the season. He racked up 63 RBI on 67 hits including 16 doubles, 2 triples and 9 home runs while posting a .309 batting average. During his sophomore season he played in 43 games, batted .217 with 4 doubles, a triple and 3 home runs. His freshman year at KU he spent most of his time at the designated hitter and in left field, he hit .242 with 3 doubles and 3 homeruns. He was a three-time letter winner at Lewis Central High School in Iowa where he was given 2006 First-Team All-State honors.