|| Dean Espy
Had a very strong two-year career at UCLA (2010-11) after having transferred from South Mountain Community College (Phoenix)...batted .331 with 12 home runs, 22 doubles, 92 RBI and 70 runs in two seasons...selected in the 15th round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Kansas City Royals...previously had been selected in the 41st round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies (as a senior in high school).
Played in all 59 games, making 58 starts (57 at first base, one as designated hitter)...led the team with a .320 batting average, 74 hits and 231 at-bats...was the only Bruin to play in all 59 games...finished the season with three home runs, 15 doubles, 40 RBI and seven stolen bases on 12 attempts...played solid defense at first base all season, committing just three errors in 489 chances (.994 fielding percentage)...led UCLA with 24 multiple-hit games, including a team best seven performances with at least three hits...finished second on the squad with eight multiple-RBI efforts, including a team-leading three games with at least four RBI...hit safely in 32 of 58 games in which he had a plate appearance...batted .354 in UCLA's final nine games, going 17-for-48 in that span with one homer, four doubles and eight RBI...went 5-for-17 (.294) in four postseason games...went 2-for-5 with one double in a 3-1 victory over Fresno State in an elimination game (June 4)...went 2-for-5 with one run and one RBI in a 4-1 win over San Francisco in an elimination game (June 5)...batted .500 in a three-game series victory at Arizona State on the final weekend of the regular-season, going 7-for-14 with one homer, two doubles, six RBI and three runs...went 4-for-4 with one home run, one double, four RBI and two runs in a 7-0 win at Arizona State (May 28), helping the Bruins clinch at least a share of the Pac-10 title...had back-to-back three-hit games at Pepperdine (May 3) and at Oregon (May 6) - went 3-for-6 with one double and one run at Pepperdine, before going 3-for-5 with one run and one stolen base in a series-opening victory at Oregon...batted .429 in a three-game Pac-10 series at Stanford, going 6-for-14 with two runs and one RBI...opened the series at Stanford (April 21) going 3-for-5 with one run...helped key UCLA's series victory at Washington State, batting .455 (5-for-11) with three doubles and four RBI in the three-game series...went 1-for-3 with a grand slam and two runs in a 10-3 win over Saint Mary's (March 12)...went 2-for-5 with one double, four RBI and two runs in a 12-2 win over San Jose State in the second game of a double header (Feb. 27).
Played in 63 games, making 40 starts (22 at first base, 18 at third base)...was second on the ballclub with a .345 batting average, tied for the team lead in home runs with nine and led the Bruins with 52 RBI...tied for sixth in the Pac-10 with 52 RBI...finished his sophomore season with seven doubles, three triples, 35 runs and a team-leading .575 slugging percentage...stole eight bases in nine attempts...ranked fourth on the team with 19 multiple-hit games and was tied for first (with Cody Regis) with 15 multiple-hit games, including two four-hit efforts and four three-hit performances...batted .281 in the postseason, going 9-for-32 with two home runs, seven RBI and five runs...went 6-for-13 with one home run, five RBI and three runs in a three-game series sweep of Nebraska (March 5-6)...went 3-for-4 with one homer, three RBI and two runs in the series finale against Nebraska (March 6), a 5-4 victory - scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth, tagging up from third base on a sacrifice fly to center field by Tyler Rahmatulla...had a season-best day in the series opener against Oral Roberts (March 20), going 4-for-4 with one home run, four RBI and two runs...went 3-for-5 in the series opener against Cal Poly (March 25), collecting one triple, one double and two RBI...went 4-for-6 in two games against Stanford (April 1 and 3)...had a flare single to center field in the bottom of the ninth against Stanford (April 1) to score the game-winning run and extend UCLA's record to 22-0...went 2-for-5 with one triple, one double, one run and one RBI in a 10-0 victory at UC Riverside (April 13)...went 4-for-13 with one home run, four runs and three RBI in a three-game series versus Oregon (April 16-18)...went 5-for-9 in a three-game series sweep at California (May 21-23)...had an RBI-pinch-hit single to hand UCLA the lead in the eighth inning in the series opener (May 21) ...went 1-for-2 with a two-run pinch-hit triple in the second game of the series at California (May 22)...went 3-for-4 with one home run, three RBI and two runs in an 11-2 win over California in the series finale (May 23)...capped the regular season with a 2-for-4, four-RBI afternoon versus Washington State (May 30).
One-year letterwinner at South Mountain Community College (Phoenix) under head coach Todd Eastin...batted .361 in 60 regular-season games for South Mountain as a freshman (2009)...earned second-team NJCAA All-Region I honors and secured second-team all-conference accolades...finished the 2009 season ranking sixth in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (ACCAC) with 70 hits and third with seven triples...also totaled three home runs, 16 doubles, 40 RBI and 36 runs...posted a .425 on-base percentage.
Three-year varsity baseball letterwinner and three-year varsity golf letterwinner at Red Mountain High School (Mesa, Ariz.) under head coaches Henry Faccio and Rick Ross, respectively...selected in the 41st round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies...was a three-time first-team All-Region selection at Red Mountain and two-time Player of the Year...batted .476 with six home runs, one triple, 14 doubles, 30 RBI and 49 runs as a senior (2008), recording 21 walks and six strikeouts...secured 2008 Louisville Slugger first-team preseason All-America honors...batted .588 with 33 RBI as a junior (2007), before earning first-team Class 5A All-Tribune accolades from the East Valley Tribune (Scottsdale)...on the golf course, was a two-time first-team All-Region honoree in addition to securing second-team All-Region honors.
Full name: Richard Dean Espy...born October 30, 1989 in Chandler, Ariz...Dean is the younger of Duane and Lea Espy's two children...has one older sister, Jessica...admires St. Louis Cardinals' first baseman Albert Pujols...father, Duane Espy, played eight seasons in the minor leagues before serving as a minor league manager and major league hitting coach (San Diego, Colorado)...undeclared major.
At-bats - 6 (3 times), last at Pepperdine (5/3/11)
Runs - 2 (13 times), last at Arizona State (5/28/11)
Hits - 4 (twice), last at Arizona State (5/28/11)
RBI - 4 (5 times), last at Arizona State (5/28/11)
Doubles - 1 (22 times), last vs. Fresno State (6/4/11)
Home Runs - 1 (12 times), last at Arizona State (5/28/11)
Stolen Bases - 2 at USC (3/25/11)
DEAN ESPY'S CAREER STATISTICS (at UCLA)