Sunday, March 27, 2011
College Corner: Ricky Oropesa
My man, Ricky Oropesa, had a huge weekend in a 3 game series against UCLA. Ricky had been hitting for a fine BA with doubles power, but you really want to see HR power out of a corner IF. He faced off against none other than Gerrit Cole on Friday night. Now, Cole is being touted by many analysts as the frontrunner to be the #1 overall draft pick in the upcoming June draft. That's how good he is! Well, Ricky went 3 for 5 in the game including a HR, his first of the season. Trevor Bauer, who may end up being the steal of the draft, dominated on Saturday with a 1 hit, 14 K shutout, and an 0 for 4 with 3 K's for Ricky. Ricky struck back on Sunday against freshman Adam Plutko, a very good pitcher in his own right, with a 3 for 4 and another HR and 5 RBI's! So, for the weekend, Ricky went 6 for 13 with 2 HR's. His season line now stands at .372/.427/.532 with 2 HR's. Ricky has always tended to be a slow starter so look for more weekends like this from him between now and the end of the season. Having a game like that against Gerrit Cole has got to be a shot in the arm for Ricky's ranking on draft boards!