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Steve Rodriguez
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Steve Rodriguez 1265353
Position: Catcher
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 195
Year: Junior
Hometown: Lomita, Calif.
High School: St. John Bosco

Played in 147 games over three seasons (2009-11), making 137 starts (all at catcher)...compiled a .215 career batting average, totaling 10 home runs, one triple, 15 doubles, 64 RBI and 58 runs...selected in the 15th round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks...handled talented pitching staffs each of his three years, helping the Bruins record a 3.33 ERA in that span, including 1,781 strikeouts in 1,640 innings...in his three seasons as catcher, UCLA's pitchers averaged 9.77 strikeouts per nine innings and 7.52 hits allowed per nine innings...served as the catcher all three seasons for first-round MLB draft selections Gerrit Cole (No. 1, Pittsburgh in 2011) and Trevor Bauer (No. 3, Arizona in 2011)...played for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team in the summer of 2010 (alongside UCLA teammate Gerrit Cole).

Played in 48 games, making 46 starts (all at catcher)...batted .196 with five doubles, 17 RBI and nine runs...totaled six multiple-hit games, including four three-hit efforts...also tallied four multiple-RBI games, including one three-RBI effort...threw out 22 of 54 attempts base stealers, converting at a 40.7 percent clip, the highest percentage among Pac-10 catchers with at least 40 attempts against...caught a pitching staff that finished the season ranking third, nationally, in ERA (2.44) and second in strikeouts per nine innings (9.8) and hits allowed per nine innings (6.61)...the Bruins' pitching staff recorded 572 strikeouts, the second-highest total in school history...went 3-for-5 with one RBI and one run in a 10-1 victory over Cal State Bakersfield (May 14)...went 3-for-4 with one double and one RBI against Arizona (April 15)...went 3-for-5 with one RBI in a 10-3 win at Washington State (April 9)...hit safely in each of UCLA's games in a three-game series sweep over Washington (April 1-3)...went 2-for-3 with one double and one RBI in the series finale versus Washington (April 3)...went 1-for-2 with the game-winning hit, a bases-clearing double in the series-opening win at USC (March 25) - lined a three-RBI double into left field that handed the Bruins a 4-2 lead in the top of the fourth inning at Dedeaux Field...went 3-for-3 with two RBI and one walk in UCLA's 10-2 win against Saint Mary's (March 12)...went 2-for-4 with one double and two RBI in a 5-2 win at San Diego State (March 1).

2010 (summer)
Played in 11 games (eight starts) for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team...batted .080 with two hits, two runs and five walks...helped lead Team USA to the silver medal at the 2010 FISU World University Baseball Games, as Team USA dropped a 4-3 decision in 10 innings to Cuba in the gold medal contest.

Played in 61 games, making 57 starts (all at catcher)...batted .249 with eight home runs, one triple, eight doubles, 37 RBI and 35 runs...recorded a .360 on-base percentage and a .436 slugging percentage...finished third on the team with eight home runs and fifth with 37 RBI...totaled 12 multiple-hit games and 10 multiple-RBI efforts...opened the season strong, belting five home runs in the team's first seven games, recording six two-hit efforts in his first 13 games...was one of two UCLA players (along with Cody Regis) to belt two home runs in a game, accomplishing that feat twice - against Bethune Cookman (Feb. 20) and at Washington (May 8)...caught a pitching staff that finished the season ranking second, nationally, in ERA (3.00) and first in strikeouts per nine innings (10.2) - the Bruins' pitching staff established the school and Pac-10 single-season strikeouts record, with 700 through 618.1 innings...opened the year going 1-for-3 with one home run and a career-high four RBI in UCLA's season-opening victory against Southern (Feb. 19)...went 2-for-4 with two solo home runs against Bethune Cookman at the Urban Youth Academy (Feb. 20) before a nationally-televised audience (Feb. 20)...went 2-for-4 with one triple, one double and one run in UCLA's 6-1 win over USC at Dodger Stadium (Feb. 28)...went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer in the first game of a doubleheader against Nebraska (March 5)...went 2-for-4 with one double and one run at Texas A&M Corpus Christi in the Whataburger College Classic (March 12)...went 2-for-3 with three RBI and a career-high four runs against Oral Roberts (March 19)...went 4-for-8 with a game-winning two-RBI double in the top of the 16th inning, snapping a 1-1 tie, at Oregon State (April 10)...went 2-for-5 with two home runs, three RBI and two runs in the Bruins' second game of a three-game sweep at Washington (May 8)...went 1-for-3 with one solo homer against Washington State (May 29)...went 1-for-3 with one double, one walk and two runs in UCLA's 8-1 Super Regional-clinching victory over Cal State Fullerton (June 13)...in the Bruins' first game of the College World Series, went 2-for-4 with one double, one walk, two RBI and two runs against Florida (June 19).

2009 (summer)
Played in 15 games (12 starts) for the Holyoke Blue Sox of the New England Collegiate League...batted .167 (7-for-42) with two doubles, six RBI and three runs...Holyoke finished 20-21 in the Western Division of the New England Collegiate League.

Played in 38 games, making 34 starts (all at catcher)...served as UCLA's primary catcher, splitting time behind the plate with Gino Aielli...batted .179, collecting two home runs, two doubles, 10 RBI and 14 runs...led UCLA with eight sacrifice bunts (tied for ninth-most in the Pac-10 Conference)...behind the plate, helped UCLA's pitching staff post a 4.28 overall ERA, fourth-lowest among Pac-10 teams...threw out eight of 28 attempted base stealers (28.6 pct)...helped lead UCLA's defense to the highest caught stealing rate among Pac-10 teams (44.6 pct, 29-of-65); UCLA's defense also posted the highest caught stealing rate in Pac-10 play (53.6 pct, 15-of-28)...committed just one error in 344 chances, posting a .997 fielding percentage...recorded a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in Pac-10 play (149 chances)...collected two three-hit games and one three-RBI effort (season-highs)...went 1-for-4 with one three-run home run in a 15-2 victory over Long Beach State (May 12)...went 3-for-3 with a season-high three runs and one solo homer in UCLA's 5-2 series-clinching win against Oregon State (April 26)...was 1-for-3 with two runs and one walk in a 14-4 win in the Pac-10 series opener at USC...went 3-for-5 against Rice (Feb. 27) in the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park...collected his first collegiate hit at UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 24), going 1-for-3 with one walk.

High School
Four-year varsity baseball letterwinner at St. John Bosco High School under head coach Mario "Moon" Cordero...started in each of four seasons with the varsity team, earning second-team All-Trinity League honors each season...batted .329 with nine doubles, one triple and one home run as a senior; collected 12 RBI and 15 runs in 22 games...gained offensive player of the year honors as a senior...posted a .330 average his junior season as the team's starting catcher and top starting pitcher...served as team captain as a junior and captured team MVP honors...as a freshman, hit at a .310 clip on the varsity team...selected to play in the Jesse Flores Memorial All-Star Game...was a Milwaukee Brewers Area Code Games selection; also selected to play for the Brewers' Elite Team...played on the Boston Red Sox Scout Team...competed on the RBI Team in USA Baseball's Tournament of Stars (Cary, N.C.)...a fine student-athlete, served as senior class secretary at St. John Bosco and ranked among the top 25, academically, in his senior class.

Full name: Steven Michael Rodriguez...born Jan. 8, 1990 in Fort Hood, Texas...Steve is the older of Steven and Loretta Rodriguez's two sons...has one younger brother, Shane...admires St. Louis Cardinals' first baseman Albert Pujols...business-economics major.

Career Highs
At-bats - 8 at Oregon State (4/10/10)
Runs - 4 vs. Oral Roberts (3/19/10)
Hits - 4 at Oregon State (4/10/10)
RBI - 4 vs. Southern (2/19/10)
Doubles - 1 (15 times), last vs. Arizona (4/16/11)
Triples - 1 vs. USC (2/28/10)
Home Runs - 2 (twice), last vs. Washington (5/8/10)
Stolen Bases - 1 (3 times), last vs. Oregon State (5/1/11)


2009 Fr. .179 38 34 95 14 17 2 0 2 10 25 .263 12 3 15 1 .291 0 8 1 1
2010 So. .249 61 57 181 35 45 8 1 8 37 79 .436 20 12 29 2 .360 1 10 1 4
2011 Jr. .196 48 46 148 9 29 50 0 17 34 .230 16 5 21 3 .294 1 6 1 5
TOTALS .215 147 137 424 58 91 15 1 10 64 138 .325 48 20 65 6 .322 2 24 3 10

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