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#14 RJ Ybarra
Position: Catcher
Bats: R
Throws: R
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 229
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Riverside, Calif.
High School: Riverside Poly
Experience: 1 Letter

2013 (Freshman): Named Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball…appeared in 37 games and started 26, including 21 starts at designated hitter and five at catcher...batted  .313 (35-112) on the season, which was third highest on the team and ranks among the top freshmen marks in school history...fourth on the team with five home runs and third with a .509 slugging percentage…earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors after securing two ninth inning, game-winning hits in a span of three games...hit a two-out game-winning RBI single in a road win over Wichita State April 2...followed that up with a walkoff RBI single against Oregon April 5...knocked in a career-best five RBI April 20 against Valparaiso, one of only three Sun Devils in 2013 to record five RBI ina single game…also knocked in four RBI April 28 at Utah…reached base safely in 21 consecutive games, tied for the longest on the team…notched home runs in back-to-back games against Valparaiso April 20-21…nearly secured his third game winning hit with a 10th inning home run at Washington May 24, but UW tied it up and won in the 11th...along with Allen and Rossiter, hit back-to-back-to-back home runs May 5 against Stanford…recorded 12 multi-hit games, including a pair of three-hit games…earned Scholar Baller recognition in Fall 2012…joined teammate Dalton DiNatale as the fourth pair of freshmen teammates since 2006 to bat over .300 in a single season and joins a list of other Devil freshmen that includes Ike DavisBrett WallaceDustin Pedroia and Willie Bloomquist…competed for the Bellingham Bells of the West Coast League during Summer League. 

High School: Four-year letterman in football..named captain of the baseball team his senior year...First-Team All League (Big VIII) in 2009, 2010 and 2012...Big VIII MVP in 2010...holds a number of records at Riverside Poly, including most career hits, most consecutive games with a hit and most walks in a season...most exciting moments in sports was hitting a home run to break the career hits record at Riverside Poly.

Personal: Majoring in business communication...says he chose ASU because it just felt right and the rich history of the baseball tradition really impressed him. Also really liked all the coaches...his father has had the biggest influence on his baseball career...favorite pro sports team is the LA Dodgers and favorite player is Albert Pujols...enjoys listening to music and hanging out with friends...if he could learn to do anything, it would be to fly a plane...most played son on iPod is "Eight Second Ride" by Jake Owen...favorite person to follow on twitter is teammate Nick Diamond (@NickDiamond21) and favorite follower is teammate Emilio Torrez...parents are Ruben and Barbara Ybarra...has a younger brother, Matthew...cousin Desiree Ybarra plays softball at Cal State Fullerton...born Sept. 20, 1993...full name is Ruben Rene Ybarra.

Career Stats at ASU:

Year Avg. GP GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OBP SB SBA PO A E F%
2013 .313 37 26 112 20 35 7 0 5 22 57 .509 5 5 28 2 .369 0 0 30 4 3 .919

Career Highs at Arizona State:

Hits 3 twice, last vs Valparaiso (4/19/13)
RBI 5 vs Valparaiso (4/21/13)
Runs 4 at UNLV (4/10/13)  
Walks 1 many, last at Arizona (4/30/13) 
At Bats 6 vs Stanford (5/4/13)
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