Preseason All-America selection who returns for his third season as Tech's starter at third base ... One of the top hitters in the Atlantic Coast Conference who blossomed at the plate as a sophomore and flirted with a .400 batting average for the entire season ... Has good line drive power, and shows a very good eye at the plate ... Showed increased home run power last year, and should be a fixture in the middle of the lineup in 2006 ... Has a steady glove, good range and a strong arm.
Selected in the 13th round of the 2003 Major League Draft by the Chicago White Sox, but elected to enroll in Tech instead.
2005: A first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection at third base ... Tech's leading hitter with a .397 batting average and 106 hits ... Hit safely in 54 of 63 games and had 31 multi-hit games ... Had a career-long 15-game hitting streak snapped on Mar. 25 at Miami ... Had an 11-game hitting streak snapped on May 8 vs. Florida Atlantic ... Went 13-for-26 in the last two weekends of the regular season vs. Virginia Tech and North Carolina ... Went 7-for-20 (.350) in the NCAA Atlanta Regional ... Homered in his first at bat of the season vs. Georgia State (2/11) ... Went 4-for-9 with a home run and three RBI at Georgia Southern (2/12-2/13) ... Went 8-for-12 with three home runs and eight RBI in two games against Rutgers (2/25-2/26) ... Was 7-for-13 in the Duke series (3/4-3/6), including a 4-for-4 effort in the series opener ... Had five hits, including a home run, in the Wake Forest series (3/11-3/13) ... Went 6-for-12 with three RBI in Tech's sweep of NC State (3/18-3/20) ... Was 4-for-6 in Tech 17-7 win at Miami (3/26) ... Went 6-for-12 with a home run and five RBI vs. Maryland (4/1-4/3) ... Went 4-for-5 in the series finale vs. Winthrop (4/10) ... Went 7-for-14 with five RBI in Tech's series win at Clemson (4/29-5/1) ... Named ACC Player of the Week on May 2 after his performance vs. Clemson and Georgia where he went 10-for-19 with a home run and nine RBI in four games ... Went 8-for-13 in the Yellow Jackets' sweep of Virginia Tech (5/13-15).
2004: Rookie who earned the starting third base job with a strong preseason camp ... Started 45 games and hit .304 in 184 at bats ... Hit safely in the first seven games of the season ... Began his career in fine fashion at Georgia Southern (2/15) ... Went 2-for-5 with a grand slam in his first collegiate game ... Delivered the game winning RBI in the top of the 10th inning in game two of the doubleheader ... Hit his second career home run against USC in the Kia Baseball Bash (2/27) ... Went 7-for-9 with three RBI in three games against Rutgers (3/5-3/7) ... Named the ACC Player of the Week on Mar. 8 after going 10-for-13 in four games against Auburn and Rutgers ... Moved to the No. 2 spot in the batting order on Mar. 8 and hit safely in 19 of his last 26 games ... Went 7-for-12 with a home run and three runs scored against Wake Forest (3/19-3/21) ... Went 3-for-4 with two RBI in the series opener against Miami (4/2) ... Had the game winning hit in Tech's 9-8, 10-inning win over Duke (5/7) ... Had his freshman season ended on May 11 after being hit by a pitch in the face ... Suffered four small fractures in his cheekbone and did not play the remainder of the NCAA season ... Returned to the field during the summer with the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in the Cape Cod League.
High School: A four-year letterwinner as a shortstop for coach Gene Etter at the Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tenn. ... All-state selection in 2002 and 2003 ... Named Chattanooga's Best of Preps in 2002 and 2003 ... Batted .374 with six home runs and 28 RBI as a junior ... Hit .430 with one home run and 20 RBI as a senior in leading Baylor to the Tennessee state championship ... Broke a bone in his left hand prior to his senior season and was forced to bat left handed for the first time in his career ... Selected to the Team One Showcase, the East Coast Professional Showcase and the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association Showcase ... Went 3-for-3 with two RBI and three runs scored to gain team MVP honors for the Tennessee-Georgia All-Star Baseball Game.
Personal: Full name is Wesley Michael Hodges ... Born September 14, 1984 ... Son of Mike and Tracie Hodges ... Enjoys fishing ... Majoring in Management.
Career Statistics Year G-GS AB R H Avg. 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB SO SB-A Fld% 2004 46-45 184 41 56 .304 16 1 4 31 86 .467 19 25 7-8 .906 2005 63-63 267 67 106 .397 18 0 9 51 151 .566 28 35 3-4 .924 Total 109-108 451 108 162 .359 34 1 13 82 237 .525 47 60 10-12 .917