One of seven players who could potentially start from the hill for the Wildcats... Coaches see him as a potential Friday-night starter... Has the mentality to go up against the league's No. 1 starters...Has three pitches that can overmatch opponents... Has the most overpowering stuff on the squad... A very mature player who has made great strides since the start of fall practice... Has improved his mechanics and his approach to pitching... Coaches call him a "Quiet Warrior" in the same mindframe as former Wildcat reliever Scott Tallman (2000-01).
during fall drills
Made one start from the hill for the victorious White Sox during the Fall Ball World Series... Posted a 1-0 record and 0.00 ERA in five innings pitched, allowing one unearned run on two hits with three strikeouts and one walk.
at connors state college (2001-02)
A two-year letterman at Connors State College in Warner, Okla. ... One of three Connors players to sign with the Wildcats, joining teammates Marc Chabot and Zack Saunders... Served primarily as the team's long reliever... Helped the Shabs to a 44-8 overall record and a No. 8 ranking in the final NJCAA poll in 2002... Named first team All-Region II as a sophomore... Ranked third nationally in strikeouts... Registered a 9-2 record and 3.35 ERA in 12 appearances with two complete games... Allowed 27 runs (21 earned) with 94 strikeouts and just 19 walks in 56.1 innings pitched... Helped the team to a 46-12 overall record and a No. 2 ranking in the final NJCAA poll in 2001... Lost in the second round of the Region II playoffs... Collected a 3-2 record and 5.74 ERA in 26.2 innings pitched... Allowed 24 runs (17 earned) with 21 strikeouts and 18 walks... Coached by Perry Keith.
at pickering high school
A three-year letterwinner at Pickering High School in Toronto, Ontario ... Earned all-city and all-province honors as a senior... Member of Team Ontario (elite provincial team)... Also lettered in football and basketball... Collected all-city honors in football... Named the defensive player of the year in basketball.
(Full name: James Robert Ripley) was born April 28, 1982, in Ajax, Ontario. ... He is the son of George and Sandra Ripley... Has a sister, Sarah (18)... Majoring in social science.