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Ricky Oropesa

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Ricky Oropesa
Name: Efrin Ricardo Oropesa
Born: Dec 15, 1989 in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. USA
High School: Etiwanda (Calif.) HS
College: Southern California
Ht.: 6'3" / Wt.: 225 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: R
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Drafted in the 3rd round (116th overall) by the San Francisco Giants in 2011 (signed for $550,000)
A heralded two-way recruit, Oropesa scrapped pitching his freshman year and quickly became one of the Pac-10's premier power hitters, slugging 33 home runs over his first two seasons and leading the Cape Cod League with seven long balls in 2010. He also led the Cape with 52 strikeouts, after fanning 51 times in 235 at-bats for the Trojans. He has decreased his strikeout rate and increased his walk rate this spring, but his power numbers have also dropped with the less-potent metal bats--he has just six homers through 186 at-bats. Still, Oropesa is a strong, physical specimen at 6-foot-3, 225 pounds, and he has well above-average raw power from the left side. He'll need to become a better hitter because he still struggles against lefthanded pitching and is prone to chasing breaking balls. His swing gets long at times, but he has enough bat speed to punish even premium fastballs. Some scouts think he has a chance to become an average hitter in time. Oropesa has a plus-plus arm but needs a lot of work on his glove positioning and fundamentals at third base. He profiles better as an average defensive first baseman, where his arm is largely wasted. He's a well below-average runner.
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