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  RJ Ybarra
RJ Ybarra

Player Profile
Class:
Freshman

Hometown:
Riverside, Calif.

High School:
Riverside Poly

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 215

Position:
Catcher

Experience:
HS

04/21/2013

No. 9 Baseball Drops Series Finale To Valparaiso, 8-6

Benjamin and Ybarra each homered for the Sun Devils

04/20/2013

Grand Slam Highlights No. 9 Baseball's 15-3 Win Over Valparaiso

RJ Ybarra hit the Sun Devils' first grand slam in three years

04/19/2013

No. 9 Baseball Tallies Season-High 16 Runs In Win Over Valparaiso

Nine different Sun Devils collected an RBI

04/14/2013

Pitching Key As No. 15 Baseball Wins Series At USC, 6-5

Starting right-hander Alex Blackford allowed just one earned run in six innings

04/13/2013

Coffman Powers No. 15 Baseball To 6-3 Win At USC

Left-hander Ryan Kellogg earned his eighth win of the season

2013 (freshman): Made 21 starts at designated hitter and five at catcher...has over a .300 batting average, which ranks among top 15 freshmen in school history...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...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 earned Scholar Baller recognition in Fall 2012.

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.

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