Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
#35 Nathan Bannister
Position: Right Handed Pitcher
Bats: R
Throws: R
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 224
Year: Senior
Hometown: Peoria, Ariz.
High School: Liberty HS
Experience: 2 Letters

Career Statistics | 20142013

Arizona 2015
While the majority of his 23 appearances came from the bullpen in 2015, Bannister made seven starts to end the season and completed 89.2 innings … He finished with a team high seven victories and had an ERA of 3.98 … Struck out 59 batters while walking just 17 He recorded at least one strikeout in all but two of his appearances … Earned one save on the season against North Dakota State on Feb. 17 when he went four innings and only surrendered one hit while striking out four … Was 5-1 during his time as a relief pitcher and joined the starting rotation in mid-April against Oregon State, where he tossed 6.1 innings of one-run ball while striking out five and earned his first victory as a starter … Tossed a complete game against Hawaii and allowed just one run and struck out seven, which is a career high for him … Figures to be a staple in the starting rotation in 2016.

Summer 2014
Turned in a strong summer with the New Orleans Firebirds in the Cape Cod Baseball League … Pitched in seven games, including four starts, with a 4-1 record and a 2.37 earned run average ... Notched one complete game and totaled 30.1 innings pitched with only eight earned runs allowed … Struck out 21 and walked only five, while scattering 21 base hits.

Arizona 2014
Appeared in 13 games out of the bullpen but did not factor into a decision … Team-best 1.23 earned run average in conference-only games, which included seven appearances … Over final six outings, did not allow a run over 7.1 total innings … Tossed 1.2 innings with a strikeout and a base hit allowed against Abilene Christian (5/24) … Pitched season-high 2.2 shutout innings and scattered three hits against Stanford (5/10) … Retired only batter faced in brief appearance at Oregon (5/2) … Walked three but did not allow a run in 0.2 innings against Arizona State (4/26) … Struck out one and did not allow a hit in 0.2 innings at USC (4/19) … Allowed a hit, a walk and struck out one while not allowing a run in 1.1 innings against UCLA (4/11) … Surrendered an unearned run on two hits with a walk in 1.1 innings at Utah (4/6) … Hit a batter and allowed on run with a strikeout in 0.1 innings against Oregon State (3/28) … Tossed 2.1 innings with two runs – one earned – allowed on six hits in outing against Air Force (3/12) … Charged with two earned runs on three hits in 0.2 innings against Seton Hall (3/2) … Racked up season-best five strikeouts and scattered two hits in 2.0 shutout innings against Utah Valley (2/19). Allowed a run on one hit with a walk and a strikeout day prior in first game against Wolverines … Surrendered four runs on four hits with one strikeout in 0.1 innings of season-debut against Kent State (2/15).

Summer 2013
Teamed with Cody Moffett to guide the Alaska Goldpanners to the Alaska Baseball League regular season and tournament championships … A first-team All-League honoree … Racked up a perfect 6-0 record and 2.42 earned run average over eight starts and nine appearances …Tallied 36 strikeouts against four walks in 52 innings pitched.

Arizona 2013
Appeared in three games out of the bullpen, totaling 4.2 innings pitched … Tossed a scoreless inning with a strikeout at UCLA (5/12) … Allowed one run on two hits, but racked up four strikeouts over 2.2 innings against Washington (5/3) … Made collegiate debut with a shutout inning against San Francisco (3/3). Allowed one hit and registered a strikeout.

High School
Earned varsity letters under the guidance of coach Mark Ernster at Liberty High School in Peoria, Ariz., ... Named the 2012 Arizona Republic Big Schools Player of the Year ... Recognized on the USA Today All-USA Baseball Second Team as a senior ... A 4A Skyline All-Region selection ... Led team to a state-runner up finish after tossing a complete game shutout with 10 strikeouts in semifinal ... Set an Arizona high school record with 55 career doubles as a hitter ... Finished senior season with 104 strikeouts in 74.2 innings pitched and a 1.88 earn run average ... Also played third base and hit .454 on the season with 35 runs batted in ... Threw a perfect game against Copper Canyon in May of senior year ... Selected to play in the 2012 Heartland Baseball Classic ... Posted a 10-3 record with a 2.74 earned run average and 73 strikeouts as a junior ... Also hit .468 ... Named 4A All-State honorable mention by the Arizona Republic as a junior ... Helped school win state championship in 2010.

Graduated from Liberty High School in Peoria, Ariz., in 2012 ... Born in Phoenix, Ariz., in 1993 ... Son of Glenn and Janette Bannister ... Has one older brother, Matt ... Father played golf at Weber State University ... Hobbies include playing golf and ping pong in spare time ... Favorite professional sports teams include Phoenix-area pro teams Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Cardinals and Phoenix Suns. Also enjoys following Chelsea FC … Career ambitions beyond baseball include being an accountant or financial planner … Parents are most inspiration figures in his life due to their work ethic and humbleness … Roommates with Zach Gibbons, Cody Ramer and Mathew Troupe … Is enrolled in the Eller College of Management and is majoring in business economics and management.