Cal Signee Ripken Reyes Owns Famous Name
BERKELEY – Owning a first name Ripken, a baseball player would have to be nothing less than a smooth-fielding shortstop and a talented hitter, and such is the case with Cal signee Ripken Reyes, a 5-10, 170-pound switch-hitting infielder from St. Mary’s High School in Stockton.
“Yes, Ripken was named after Cal Ripken, Jr. as both his mom (Heidi) and I played baseball/fast pitch and were shortstops, so it seemed to fit,” explained Ripken’s father Paul Reyes. “We got some strange looks from the nurses when he was born, but for the most part, people loved his name.”
And, the Golden Bear coaching staff loves Reyes’ potential as the talented infielder has produced a .342 career batting average in his two varsity seasons at St. Mary’s with a .440 on-base percentage with 64 hits, 50 runs and 27 RBI in 67 games. As a junior in 2014 he hit .408 in 33 games with 12 doubles, three triples and 18 RBI, earning TCAL MVP honors. Additionally, Reyes was the MVP of the SAC/Juaquin Section Championship Series and was selected to the USA 18U National Team.
“It is an honor and a privilege to play baseball for Cal,” said Reyes. “As a student-athlete, I will represent the program, the institution, my family, teammates, and my coaches, with the greatest respect and integrity. I am given an opportunity to play baseball for the Bears and I truly appreciate all those who believed in me and thought I was worthy of this amazing good fortune. I want my coaches and teammates to know they can depend on me and I will not let them down. I am ready to go to work as we have a championship to go after. I am looking forward to graduating from high school and beginning the next chapter of my life.”
“Ripken is the ultimate competitor who loves the game and makes everybody around him better,” said Cal pitching coach and chief recruiter Mike Neu. “He is already a proven winner and has excelled on the big stage. We are looking forward to him becoming a Golden Bear.”