We continue the list today with number 44 in our countdown with Jacksonville State junior outfielder Todd Cunningham. He is from Jacksonville (AL) High School where he played five years of high school baseball under David Deerman, Michael Graben and Rusty Burroughs. He finished his high school career with a .446 batting average with 216 runs scored and 112 stolen bases for the Golden Eagles. In his senior season, he hit .430 with 66 runs scored and an on-base percentage of .593. He picked up several honors in high school as he was named a three-time first-team All-State selection (2005, 2006, 2007) and named second-team All-State in 2004 by the Alabama Sports Writers Association.
He made an immediate impact on the Jacksonville State lineup as he appeared in 57out of the teams 58 games. He finished the season with a .340, after recording 73 hits, with 16 doubles, three triples, one home runs and 30 RBI. He was named the Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Year while being named 2008 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American. He spent the summer of 2008 in the Texas Collegiate League where he played for the Brazos Valley Bombers. He finished the summer with a .310 average with 17 RBI while stealing 13 bases in 15 attempts. He was named to the 2008 All-League team.
Cunningham continued his strong collegiate career during the 2009 season as he hit .339 with 10 homers and 47 RBI as he appeared in all 57 games for the Gamecocks. He also was solid on the base paths as he stole nine bases in eleven attempts. He spent the summer of 2009 in the Cape Cod Baseball League with the Falmouth Commodores. He finished the summer with a .378 batting average and an on-base percentage of .458 which were both the best in the League. He also showed some power by hitting three homers and driving in 22 runs. He continued to be solid on the bases as he stole 11 bases in 14 attempts. He was named to the CCBL All-Star game and was selected for the CCBL All-League team. Baseball America rated him the ninth best player in the League.
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