University of Iowa Athletics

#23 Joel Booker

Height 6-2
Weight 190 lbs.
Class Sr.
Hometown Columbus, N.C.
High School Polk County
Previous School Indian Hills CC
Joel Booker - Baseball - University of Iowa Athletics

Hawk Item — Selected in the 22nd round (656th pick) of the 2016 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Chicago White Sox.

2016 Honors — ABCA/Rawlings first-team All-Mideast Region honoree… first-team All-Big Ten — Iowa’s first outfielder to earn first-team honors since 2009… Big Ten All-Tournament Team selection… semifinalist for the Gregg Olson Breakout Player of the Year Award. 2016 — Hit a team-leading .370 with 87 hits, 19 doubles, two triples, and five home runs… scored 47 runs and drove in 37… went 23-for-25 on the base paths… his 87 hits are tied for the second-most in a single season in school history and the 19 doubles are tied for third-most all-time… tied for the Big Ten lead in hits (87) and ranked in the top 12 in eight categories… was tied for second in doubles (19), third in steals (23), tied for fourth in total bases (125), tied for fifth in batting average (.370), seventh in slugging percentage (.532), tied for ninth in runs (47), and 12th in on-base percentage (.421)… one of three Hawkeyes to play in every game… had a career-best 14-game hitting from Feb. 28 to March 25 and an 18-game reached base streak from Feb. 21 to March 26… had a team-leading 26 multi-hit games (14 two-hit, seven three-hit, four four-hit, and one five-hit) and had 11 multi-RBI games… hit safely in 44 games and reached safely in 51-of-56 contests… hit a team and Big Ten Tournament best .650 (13-of-20) in four games with five RBIs and four runs scored… tied an Iowa, Big Ten Tournament, and TD Ameritrade record by going 5-for-5 in the opening win over Minnesota (5/25)… went 3-for-6 with two doubles, two RBIs and a run scored in semifinal win over Maryland (5/28), and went 4-for-5 with two RBIs in Big Ten title game against Ohio State (5/29)… had a two-out RBI single to tie the game at seven in bottom of the eighth inning… posted a .400 average (4-for-10) with two multi-hit games in series win over Michigan State (5/13-15)… was 2-for-3 with two doubles in game two and 2-for-3 with two runs scored in finale… hit .455 (5-of-11) in three-game series at Ohio State (5/6-8)… went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored in game two of the series… the four RBIs tied a career-high… finished 1-for-4 with two runs and three steals in a win over Western Illinois (5/3)… went 2-for-4 with a run and RBI in game two against Kansas State (5/1)… hit a game-winning solo home run in the seventh in 2-1 victory… hit .438 in three-game series against No. 18/21 Michigan with two multi-hit games… went 4-for-5 with a double, two RBIs, and a run scored in series finale… finished with a .375 average in two-game series against Air Force (4/12-13)… went 2-for-5 with two runs and two steals in series finale… hit .385 in Illinois series (4/9-10) with two multi-hit games… connected on a three-run home run and drove in four RBIs in a 4-3 win in series finale…went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs, and an RBI against Milwaukee (4/6)… hit a team-best .417 at Minnesota (4/1-3)… posted his second four-hit game, going 4-for-5 with a home run, double, and two runs scored in game two victory… went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in the series opening win over Maryland (3/25)… posted his second straight three-hit game, going 3-for-5 with a triple and two runs scored against Bradley (3/22)… finished with a .357 average at Missouri State (3/18-20), including a 3-for-5, three run game in the series finale… hit .389 at the Spring Swing with two multi-hit games, four RBIs and four runs scored… went 3-for-6 with a home run and four RBIs against Savannah State… home run was a three-run shot… was 2-for-5 with two runs against Point… finished with a .333 average (5-for-15) with two doubles in three-game series at Southern Illinois (3-4/6)… went 3-for-5 with two runs in game two… finished with a .500 (6-of-12) average with three doubles and two RBIs at the Snowbird Classic… had a career-high four hits, going 4-for-5 with two RBIs against Chicago State (2/28)… selected as the player with the best outfield arm leading into 2016 by Baseball America.

2015 — Started every game in right field… hit .235 (51-of-217) with 51 hits, 28 runs, and 25 RBIs… was 9-for-13 on the base paths and had a team-high eight sacrifice hits… hit safely in 34 games with 14 multi-hit games (11 two-hit, three three-hit)… posted a .500 (4-for-8) average with four runs and two RBIs in series sweep over Minnesota (5/8-10)… went 2-for-4 with a triple and run scored in Iowa’s 3-2, 10-inning victory over No. 25 Nebraska (4/26)… went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs, and three runs scored against Cornell College (4/15)… went 1-for-3 with two RBIs and a double in series finale against No. 19 Indiana (3/29)… hit .364 (4-of-13) with three RBIs and two runs at Kansas… went 3-for-5 with a solo home run in 6-2 win in series finale (3/22)… hit .438 (7-of-19) in four-game series at Houston Baptist with multi-hit games in 3-of-4 contests… hit .417 with four RBIs in three-game series at Middle Tennessee State (3/7-8)… went 2-for-4 with a run scored in game two (3/7) and 2-for-5 with a career-high four RBIs in the series finale (3/8)… hit .333 with two RBIs in Iowa’s 3-game sweep of Cincinnati… collected his first career three-hit game, going 3-for-3 in game two (2/28)… connected on his first home run in the top of the 13th (3/1) in Iowa’s 5-0 win in the finale… collected his first collegiate hit and scored two runs against Kansas State.

At Indian Hills CC — Honorable mention All-American and first-team all-region honoree as a sophomore — the first for IHCC since 2006… led team in runs (58), hits (75), triples (7), RBIs (61), batting average (.403), and slugging percentage (.699)… had 24 multi-hit games, including two four-hit and eight three-hit contests… had a 14-game hitting streak during the season… also stole 24 bases in 26 attempts and struck out just 14 times in 186 at-bats… led the nation in triples and total bases, ranked second in hits, RBIs, and slugging percentage, was third in runs, doubles, steals, and batting average, and fourth in home runs… hit .386 in two seasons at Indian Hills and was 39-of-42 on the base paths… NJCAA Region XI Division I second team all-region honoree after hitting .365 (50-of-137) with 31 RBIs, 32 runs and three home runs as a freshman… also had 14 steals in 15 chances, and was selected as the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week on April 24.

High School — NCBCA all-state Division 2A honoree in 2011 and 2012… considered one of the top outfielders in the state of North Carolina by… hit .529 with a 1.000 slugging and .625 on-base percentage with 14 multi-hit games as a junior.

Personal — Born Nov. 1, 1993… son of Clemon Booker and Cathy Elliott… majoring in sociology.