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Ty Soto
9  Ty Soto
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Bakersfield, Calif.

High School:
Centennial

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 195

Position:
1B/3B

Experience:
2L

2002 Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference All-Tournament team

2002 Coaches First Team All-Big 12 Conference

2002 Dallas Morning News and Waco Tribune-Herald First Team All-Big 12 Conference

Big 12 co-Player of the Week on April 29, 2002

scouting report

One of two All-America candidates on the team, Soto battled through some injury problems in the fall, but should be back to full speed in the spring... Getting a lot of competition from junior college transfer Zack Saunders at third base... An outstanding hitter who will be in the lineup somewhere, most likely at designated hitter... Should only get better at the plate after playing in the prestigious Cape Cod League during the summer... Hitting is the strongest part of his game... Coaches call him the best two-strike hitter at Kansas State in some time... Really worked on improving his defensive skills in the fall... Improved his arm strength and his first-step quickness at third base.

during fall drills

Started all three games for the Purple Sox during the Fall Ball World Series, making two starts at third base and one at first base... Posted a .333 batting average with two RBIs, two runs scored and two walks... Went perfect in the field with seven putouts and two assists.

on my summer vacation

Played for the Wareham (Mass.) Gatemen, the 2002 champions of the prestigious Cape Cod League this past summer... Teammates included Baylor's Chris Durbin, Josh Ford, David Murphy and Trey Taylor and Texas' Tim Moss... Posted a .226 batting average in 34 games with eight runs scored on 24 hits and nine RBIs... Third on the team with 15 walks.

as a junior (2002)

Saw action in 53 games with 46 of his 52 starts coming at third base... Also received starts at first base (five) and designated hitter (one)... Named first team All-Big 12 Conference by the league coaches and two of the three major newspapers that cover Big 12 baseball (Dallas Morning News and Waco Tribune-Herald)... The first Wildcat third baseman to receive first team honors since Stu Steele in 1965... Named to the Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference All-Tournament as a utility player after posting a .467 batting average in four starts with three RBIs and two runs scored... The .467 average was the 10th-highest during the tournament and fifth-highest among players with 10 or more at-bats... Overlooked by the offensive prowess of Pat Maloney, he was one of the most productive members of the Wildcat offense... Ranked among the team's top-5 in 11 offensive categories, including second in batting average (.369), hits (76) and on-base percentage (.467) and third in RBIs (41), walks (24) and multiple-RBI games (11)... Also placed fourth in runs scored (44), doubles (10) and multiple-hit games (20)... Had 24 walks and a school-record 15 hit-by-pitches compared to 27 strikeouts in 206 at-bats... Set school single-season records for singles (63) and times hit by a pitch (15)... Moved into the top-10 in three other single-season categories, tying for fifth in sacrifice hits (seven), tying for ninth in hits (76) and placing 10th in on-base percentage (.467)... Moved into the career top-10 in both times hit by a pitch (18 - fifth) and sacrifice hits (10 - eighth)... Team's offensive leader during the Big 12 season, leading the team in average (.370) and on-base percentage (.466)... His .466 on-base percentage led the Big 12... Ranked second on the team in conference play in hits (37) and slugging percentage (.480) and third in runs scored (21) and fourth in RBIs (17)... Incredibly consistent across the board, ranking among the Big 12's top 10 in batting average in both overall and league-only games... Among five players to finish season ranking in both categories, joining Texas' Dustin Majewski and Tim Moss and Nebraska's Jed Morris and Jeff Leise... Finished fifth overall in batting average, while he was fourth in conference-only games... The lowest his batting average dropped during the season was .333. while it was as high as .426 at one point... Raised his overall batting average by 81 points (.369 from .288) from 2001 to 2002, while he improved his conference average by an incredible 151 points (.370 from .219)... The definition of `clutch' peformer, he tallied a team-best 23 two-out RBIs, meaning that 56 percent of his RBIs came in this situation... Also posted a .462 batting average with the bases loaded and a .364 average with runners in scoring position... Ended the season on a nine-game hitting streak, his longest of the season... Started the season with a bang with hits in seven of the first eight games, including three multiple-hit games... Also scored at least one run in five of these eight games, including at least one in each of the first five games of the season... Opened the year with a 2-for-4 performance against Doane on Feb. 12 with three RBIs and two runs scored... Went 3-for-5 with three RBIs, two runs scored and two doubles against Saint Francis on Feb. 23... Earned another multiple-hit game against Kent State on March 1 with a 3-for-4 effort with two RBIs, two doubles and a stolen base... Turned in his first four-hit game of the season against Wagner on March 15 with three runs scored and two RBIs... The four-hit performance started a streak of four straight multiple-hit contests... Posted a career-high five hits against No. 24 Florida International on March 17 with a RBI and a run scored... Went 2-for-4 with three RBIs against Wisconsin-Milwaukee on March 18... After an 0-for-4 performance in the Big 12 opener against No. 20 Oklahoma State on March 22, he rebounded to go 5-for-7 in the doubleheader on March 23 with four RBIs and four runs scored... Went 3-for-5 in the first game with three RBIs and two runs scored, while he was 2-for-2 with two runs scored, two walks and a RBI in the finale... Had a pair of RBIs on 2-for-4 hitting against C.W. Post on March 27... Collected his first home run of the season in the opener against No. 8 Nebraska on March 29 with a RBI and a run scored... Followed with a 3-for-5 performance in game two against the Huskers with a RBI and a run scored... Set a career-high with seven at-bats in the 15-inning victory over No. 17 Texas Tech on April 5 with four hits, one RBI and one run scored... Named the Big 12 co-Player of the Week on April 29 after helping the Wildcats to a record-setting win over Creighton and the program's first series win over No. 15 Baylor... Hit .688 (11-for-16) with two doubles and two home runs, while tallying eight runs scored and seven RBIs... Against Baylor, he posted a .750 average (9-for-12) with five RBIs and five runs scored... Registered his second five-hit game of the season on April 27 with his perfect 5-for-5 afternoon... Started his current nine-game hitting streak with a 1-for-3 evening against Missouri on May 10... Followed with a 2-for-5 effort against the Tigers on May 11 that clinched the Big 12 Tournament for the Wildcats... Had a solid series against Kansas on May 18-19, going 4-for-11 with six runs scored, one RBI and one home run... Garnered a hit in all four Big 12 Tournament games... Had two RBIs in the extra-inning loss to Texas Tech on May 22... Went 2-for-3 with a run scored in the elimination win over Baylor on May 23... Scored a run on 1-for-3 hitting in the win over Texas Tech on May 24... Posted three hits and a RBI in the semifinal loss to Nebraska on May 25.

as a freshman (2001)

Saw action in 46 games with 33 of his 39 starts coming at third base... The only freshman starter... Set the Kansas State freshman record for doubles with a team-leading 14 on the season, shattering the old mark of 11 held by David Hendrix (1993)... Compiled a .288 batting average with 20 runs scored on 40 hits to go with 29 RBIs... Tied for the team lead with seven sacrifice bunts... Hit .219 with 10 runs scored and seven RBIs in 22 starts during Big 12 play... Collected his first multiple-hit game of his career against UNLV on Feb. 17 at the Applebee's Baseball Fiesta in Albuquerque, N.M. ... Went 3-for-6 with a season-high five RBIs and a run scored... Also had a pair of doubles against the Lobos... Connected on his first career home run against Nebraska's All-American pitcher Shane Komine on March 9 with two RBIs... Turned in his second home run of the season to cap a 3-for-5 afternoon against Creighton that included four RBIs and run scored... Went a perfect 3-for-3 with a RBI and a run scored against Maryland on April 9... Posted a 5-for-12 (.417) series against Oklahoma on April 13-15 with a double and a RBI... Scored a pair of runs on a 2-for-3 day with a RBI against UCLA on April 22... Followed that effort with a 2-for-4 performance against the Bruins in the second game of the doubleheader with a double and run scored... The games against UCLA began a modest, season-high eight-game hitting streak... Tallied three RBIs and two runs scored on a 1-for-3 day against Missouri on April 27... Recorded back-to-back multiple-hit games against Kansas on May 6 and California on May 12.

at centennial high school

A three-year starter and letterwinner as a shortstop at Centennial High School in Bakersfield, Calif. ... One of two Centennial products on the Wildcat team, as he is joined by high-school teammate Jared Brite... One of three Centennial players to be drafted in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft last June, including current teammate Jared Brite... Josh Wyrick was chosen in the 27th round by the Atlanta Braves, while Brite was selected in the 41st round by the Florida Marlins... Soto was selected with the 1,250th overall pick in the 42nd round by the St. Louis Cardinals... Turned down a signing bonus between $40,000 and $45,000 to play college baseball... Finished his high school career with a .476 batting average, 126 runs scored and 86 RBIs in 233 at-bats... Led Centennial to its first section champion in school history with a 26-3 overall record -- the city's first large-school section baseball title since 1981... Named the Bakersfield Californian's Player of the Year and the area's most valuable player as a senior... Twice selected as the Southwest Yosemite League most valuable player and three times as a first team all-league honoree... Also twice selected as the team most valuable player... Led the county in hitting as a senior with a .581 batting average, while totaling 11 doubles, 11 home runs, 37 RBIs and 54 runs scored in helping the Golden Hawks to their first Central Section title... His 54 runs scored in just 86 at-bats represented the second-most in section league history... Selected as the league's Rookie of the Year and winner of the Golden Glove Award as a sophomore in 1998... Named one of the Bakersfield Californian's top senior student-athletes after graduating from Centennial with a 3.8 GPA... Coached in baseball by Randy Roberts.

personal

(Full name: Ty Anthony Soto) was born Sept. 26, 1981, in Bakersfield, Calif. ... He is the son of Robert Soto and Terry Burlingame... One of four children, Ty has three older sisters, Jennifer Soto (26), Trisha Carrol (24) and Meagan Hemphill (22) ... Lists his greatest sports thrill as winning back-to-back Babe Ruth World Championships... Majoring in social science.