Former Major League Baseball Player/San Francisco Giants
Former UCF star Clay Timpner, 2002-04, finished his collegiate career in Orlando with many of his statistics listed in the Knights all-time top 10. With that, he was a fourth round draft pick of the San Francisco Giants in '04.
In 2008, Timpner, who hails from Lakeland, was called up to Major League Baseball with the Giants, appearing in two games playing left field.
At UCF, Timpner immediately made an impact as a rookie landing on the Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American squads. That same season, he was an All-Atlantic Sun first-team selection, as well as placing on the A-Sun All-Tournament Team and Freshman Teams. In two of Timpners UCF seasons, 2002 and 2004, the Knights would win the conference and play in the NCAA Regional, held in Tallahassee. In the '04 regional, UCF would win three games, but ultimately fell to the host Seminoles in the regional title game.
Among Timpner's legacy, is placement on several offensive career record lists, including batting average, runs scored, hits, triples, total bases, stolen bases and stolen base percentage.
Originally drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 41st round of the 2001 amateur draft out of LaBelle High School, Timpner chose not to sign and attend UCF. In high school, he hit .448 with 75 stolen bases and also a 2.39 ERA during his tenure there.
He started his minor league baseball career in 2004 splitting time between the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes and San Jose Giants. He played in 74 games, collecting 93 hits in 319 at bats for a .292 batting average. He stole 17 bases in 22 chances for a 77% success rate.
2005 was another good year for Timpner. In 126 games with the San Jose Giants, he hit 22 doubles, 12 triples and four home runs en route to a .291 batting average. He also stole a career high 34 bases.
In 2006, he split time between the Connecticut Defenders and Fresno Grizzlies. Combined, he hit only .253 in 128 games, stealing a then-career low 16 bases.
He spent all of 2007 with the Grizzlies. He hit a career high .301 with a career-low nine stolen bases.
Overall, he has hit .283 with 76 steals in 437 minor league games.
Timpner began the 2008 season with the Grizzlies, but he soon received a call up on April 8 when Dave Roberts was placed on the disabled list. Timpner made his major league debut on that same day against the San Diego Padres, appearing in the game as a pinch hitter and striking out. He was later sent down for Giants corner outfielder and first baseman, John Bowker.