The clear-cut leader to be the No. 1 starter behind the plate after seeing a majority of the action in 2002... Will be the Wildcats' Friday/Sunday starter behind the plate... Has made the biggest improvement with his defensive skills, where he has become a much better receiver and more consistent... No longer a catcher that can hit, but a well-rounded receiver... A very solid middle-of-the-order hitter who batted over .300 and drove in over 40 runs in 2002... Needs to be more consistent with his approach and swing.
as a junior (2002)
Saw action in 48 games with 28 of his 38 starts coming behind the plate... Very versatile player, who also received starts at third base (five), designated hitter (three) and first base (two)... One of six Wildcats to hit over .300, as he posted a .316 batting average with 30 runs scored on 54 hits and 40 RBIs... Totaled 12 extra-base hits, including four home runs... Ranked fourth on the team in RBIs and sixth in batting average... Average never dipped below .300 the entire season with a season-best .368 average after the Western Illinois on March 11... One of four Wildcats to tally double-digit multiple-RBI games with 10 on the season... Also collected 14 multiple-hit games... Joined Pat Maloney as the only Wildcats with a multiple home-run game... Collected a team-best nine RBIs against Creighton on April 24 to go with two home runs... Batted .261 in Big 12 contests with 11 RBIs and 11 runs scored... Made just 10 errors for a solid .958 fielding percentage with nine passed balls... Had three hitting streaks of at least six games, including a season-best seven-game streak from Feb. 23 to March 12... Ended the season on a six-game hitting streak... Went 3-for-5 with a RBI and a run scored in his first start against Southern Nazarene on Feb. 15... Compiled three RBIs on a 2-for-5 outing against Creighton on Feb. 19... Turned in an RBI and a run scored in a loss to No. 7 Miami on Feb. 23... Went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs in the second game of a doubleheader against Western Illinois on March 10... Added a 2-for-5 day with a RBI and a run scored against No. 24 Florida International on March 17, including connecting on his first career home run... Registered a 4-for-10 (.400) series against C.W. Post with three RBIs and two runs scored... Collected his first career grand slam against Bethany on April 17, going 1-for-1 with four RBIs and one run scored... Totaled a pair of RBIs in game one of a doubleheader against No. 9 Texas on April 21... Had the game of his life against Creighton on April 24, setting season-highs for hits (4), runs scored (4), RBIs (9) and home runs (2) in the 24-9 win... Reached base in all five plate appearances (walk)... Continued his hot hitting against No. 15 Baylor, going 4-for-10 with four RBIs and two runs scored in two wins over the Bears... Went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored against Kansas on May 19... Compiled a .308 batting average in four starts at the Big 12 Tournament with two RBIs and two runs scored... Tallied a hit in each of the Wildcats' four games... Had two RBIs in the elimination win over Baylor on May 23, while he scored a run apiece against Texas Tech and Nebraska.
at connors state college (2000-2001)
A two-year starter and letterman primarily as a catcher at Connors State College in Warner, Okla. ... Also saw time at first base, right field and designated hitter for the Cowboys... Helped Connors to a 44-10 overall record and a No. 2 ranking in the final NJCAA poll in 2001... Named all-conference and to the all-tournament team as a sophomore... Led the team in at-bats (205) and hits (76)... Compiled a .371 batting average with 60 runs scored, 57 RBIs and nine home runs... Helped the Cowboys to a 45-15 overall record and a No. 12 final ranking in the NJCAA poll in 2000... Posted a .291 average in 182 at-bats with 47 RBIs and 35 runs scored on 53 hits... Also connected on seven home runs... Coached by Perry Keith.
at nathan hale high school
A four-year letterman in baseball at Nathan Hale High School in Tulsa, Okla. ... A four-year starter at second base and catcher... Earned All-Eastland Conference honors all four years and all-Metro accolades three years... Posted a career .450 batting average at Hale with 32 home runs and 165 RBIs... As a senior, he tallied a .455 batting average with 42 RBIs, 10 home runs and 12 stolen bases en route to earning all-region, all-Metro and all-conference honors... Collected a team-best 22 doubles and .437 average as a junior with 37 RBIs and nine home runs as a junior... Posted a .455 average with 56 RBIs and 12 home runs in helping the Rangers to the 1997 5A state championship as a sophomore... Connected on a two-run home run with three RBIs in the state title game... Lettered in three years in football and one year in wrestling... Coached in baseball by Ben Guinn.
(Full name: Ryan Lee Baldwin) was born Nov. 23, 1980, in Tulsa, Okla. ... He is the son of Ken and Linda Baldwin... The youngest of three children, Ryan has a brother, Bill (33), and a sister, Tracey (31)... Brother, Bill, and uncle, Ron Leos, played baseball at Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kan. ... Majoring in social science.