- Full name Ryan Adam Spilborghs
- Born 09/05/1979 in Santa Barbara, CA
- Profile Ht.: 6'1" / Wt.: 200 / Bats: R / Throws: R
- School UC Santa Barbara
- Debut 07/16/2005
Drafted in the 7th round (201st overall) by the Colorado Rockies in 2002.
View Draft ReportFrom a school that had 10 players drafted in 2001, Spilborghs is UC Santa Barbara's only noteworthy prospect this season. All five of his tools play, but he didn't help himself with a late-season tailspin. A strong-armed right fielder in college, Spilborghs has the speed to play center field. A fluid stroke and good bat speed, which have translated to 13 homers, should help him make the transition to wood.
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Spilborghs was a two-time all-Big West Conference selection at UC Santa Barbara. He couldn't match Rockies farm director Bill Geivett's .412 average for the Gauchos in 1985, but Spilborghs hit .375 and set a school record with a 35-game hitting streak as a sophomore in 2001. He didn't hit much in his first three years as a pro and looked more like an organizational player. He became more consistent with his approach in 2005 and took off, batting .340 between Double-A and Triple-A. He even earned a surprise one-day callup to Colorado on July 15 and went 2-for-4 with an RBI against the Reds. Now the Rockies are talking about him being a fourth outfielder in 2006. Spilborghs did a better job last year of recognizing which pitches he can turn on. He's also willing to stay back and drive balls to the opposite field. He's capable at all three spots, and enhances average arm strength with a quick release and impressive accuracy.