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Ronnie Richardson

Ronnie Richardson

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Eagle Lake, Fla.

High School:
Lake Region

Height / Weight:
5-8 / 180

Position:
OF/RHP

06/03/2014

Knights in the Pros: June Update

Check out how some former UCF players have continued to excel in professional baseball

04/02/2014

Knights in the Pros: April Update

UCF has 18 players that are signed at the start of the 2014 season of professional baseball.

09/09/2013

Knights in the Pros: September Update

UCF has 21 players that completed the 2013 season of professional baseball.

07/03/2013

Knights in the Pros: July Update

UCF currently has 20 players on professional rosters.

06/06/2013

Knights in the Pros: June Update

UCF currently has 18 players on professional rosters.

2012
-Selected in the 16th round (495 overall) of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the San Diego Padres
-Wrapped up storied three-year career with the school's hit-by-pitch record (65) after being plunked a program-high 35 times in 2012
-Earned Preseason All-Conference USA honors, named to the All-C-USA Second Team and was honored with a spot on the Coral Gables All-Regional Team
-Knocked in seven RBI, stole two bases and scored four runs vs. LIU Brooklyn (2/17-18)
-Was 2-for-3 with a double, two stolen bases and three runs scored at Bethune-Cookman (2/29)
-Grabbed five hits, three runs and a RBI in two games against Siena (3/3-4)
-Had three hits and a RBI triple vs. Miami (3/14)
-Smashed a key three-run double and scored in a victory at USF (3/20)
-Mashed a two-run homer in a win at FAU (3/27)
-Pounded solo homeruns in back-to-back games vs. Houston (4/1) and Miami (4/4)
-Went 3-for-4 with a homer vs. UAB (4/7)
-Swiped three bases and picked up two hits at Southern Miss (4/14)
-Hit a solo jack and stole a base in the win over FAU (4/17)
-Had a season-high eight game hitting streak (4/10-22)
-Recorded three hits, including a double vs. Tulane (4/20)
-Crushed two home runs in a memorable three hit, three RBI game at Marshall (5/12)
-Was hit by nine pitches in a six game span (5/17-26)
-Reached base six times, scored three runs and stole a base in the series vs. Rice (5/17-19)
-Was 2-for-3 with a RBI, four runs scored, two HBP and a stolen base vs. East Carolina (5/25)
-Reached base safely four times and scored vs. Tulane (5/26)
-Smashed a home run (6/1) and scored twice vs. Missouri State (6/1) in the Coral Gables Regional
-Scored three runs and stole a base vs, Stony Brook (6/2)

2011
-Started all 62 games in center field, and capped off the year with an eight-game hitting streak
-Hit .312 at the dish with 12 doubles, four triples, two homers, 34 RBI and a team-high 59 runs
-Walked 36 times, was hit by a pitch on 19 occasions, had a .440 on-base percentage and was 15-for-20 in stolen bases
-Went 5-for-12 with the bases loaded and batted .423 with runners in scoring position
-Homered with two hits and two RBI vs. Alabama (6/3) in the NCAA Regionals
-A perfect 3-for-3 with three runs vs. Memphis in the C-USA Championship (5/25)
-Hit one of four homers in the seventh inning vs. Marshall (5/21)
-Scored three runs and had a key two-run double in the eighth vs. Marshall (5/20)
-Hit .385 with four runs and four RBI in the UAB series (5/13-15)
-Reached base five times including three hits and scored three runs at FSU (5/7)
-Had a double in a three-hit day with two RBI and two runs at USF (5/3)
-In the first two games at Memphis (4/22-23), combined to go 5-for-8 with two doubles and four runs
-Scored twice, had a hit, a RBI and was hit twice vs. FAU (4/19)
-In his first save situation, retired Florida's 2-4 hitters in order including two strikeouts (4/5)
-Struck out one in 0.2 innings, and was 1-for-3 at the plate vs. Stetson (3/29)
-Produced a .455 average (5-for-11) in the Rice series (3/25-27), scoring three runs with a double, triple, two RBI, three walks and stolen base
-Reached all four times including two hits and also stole a base vs. Columbia (3/19)
-Drove in three and scored a pair of runs vs. Columbia (3/18)
-Scored two runs, had a hit and a stolen base, and made his collegiate pitching debut with two strikeouts in a scoreless ninth vs. Wagner (3/11)
-Finished the BC game (3/9) 2-for-4 with two runs and a RBI
-Went on a 10-game hitting streak from Feb. 19-March 5
-In the DH vs. Dartmouth (3/5), was a combined 5-for-9 with two RBI and three runs
-Went 2-for-4 with a double, stolen base, RBI and run vs. Dartmouth (3/4)
-Produced three hits including a triple, drove in two and scored twice at South Alabama (2/25)
-Was 3-for-5 with a triple and two runs at B-CU (2/22)

2010
-Made 45 starts in center field, and his quickness helped him post a .992 fielding percentage with three outfield assists
-Batted .297 on the season with 49 hits, nine doubles, two triples and four homers
-Led all C-USA freshmen at the end of the regular season with a .441 on-base percentage, and ranked second with 34 walks and 12 stolen bases
-Also drove in 36 and scored 36 runs
-Hit even better in C-USA games, going .309 with five stolen bases and 20 RBI
-Connected for a three-run homer in a run-ruled win at Tulane (5/22/10)
-Amassed three hits including a two-run homer in the ninth inning vs. Memphis (5/2)
-Sparked the 7-0 comeback vs. Memphis (4/30) with a grand slam in the fifth inning
-Doubled in a two-RBI, two-run game at Marshall (4/24)
-Had two hits, a run and a steal against Rice (4/18)
-Doubled in a run in the eighth vs. Rice (4/17)
-Was 2-for-3 with two runs, two RBI and a SB vs. Stetson (4/13)
-Collected three hits and a RBI at USM (4/10)
-Tripled in a pair of runs at USF (4/6)
-In the finale with UAB (4/3), had two hits, a double, two HBP, two SB and a walk
-Completed the UAB game (4/2) with two hits, two runs and two RBI
-Amassed three hits, two runs, a double and two HBP at B-CU (3/31)
-After missing eight games with an injury, drove in two runs at Houston (3/26)
-Posted a pair of hits, a double and a sac bunt vs. Miami (3/9)
-Delivered a solo homer vs. CMU (3/7), becoming the first Knight to land a ball onto the Right-Field Deck
-Had a hit, two walks and two runs vs. CMU (3/5)
-Drove in four on a pair of hits against Siena (2/28)
-Pounded out three hits, including a double, and drove in a pair at Florida (2/24)
-Swiped two bases and scored two runs vs. Savannah State (2/20)
-Walked three times, had a hit and scored two runs vs. Savannah State (2/19)

Prior to UCF
-Drafted in the 11th round of the 2009 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins
-Played for Lake Region High School and coach Bill Bullock
-Listed in Baseball America's Top 200 Prospects and Perfect Games' Top 100 Prospects for 2009
-Played in the 2009 FACA All-Star Game in Sebring, Fla.
-As a senior, broke the school single-season records with 31 stolen bases and 36 runs scored, while fell one walk shy (32) of Lake Region's walk record
-A 2009 Florida Class 5A All-State Third Team member
-Finished with a .361 average and a 1.043 OPS, striking out just three times
-Four-year varsity starter at the plate, hitting .403 and had a 1.009 OPS as a junior, while going .380 as a sophomore and .329 as a freshman with at least 22 stolen bases each year
-Named to the 2008 Florida Class 5A all-state team
-Had an ERA of 2.00 or better all four years, including a 0.70 ERA his junior campaign
-Was a 2009 Rawlings Preseason High School All-American Second Team selection
-Participated in the MLB Urban Youth Academy, including a trip with Team USA to Japan
-Teammate of current Knight D.J. Hicks with the USA Baseball Youth National Team, which went 9-0 for the gold medal at the COPABE `AA' Youth Pan Am Championships
-During that tournament, hit .444 in six games played, scoring seven runs and swiping two bases
-Was a summer 2008 Area Code Games participant in Los Angeles
-Competed in the 2008 East Coast Professional Showcase in Lakeland
-A fall 2008 Florida Diamond Club selection
-Represented USA in the Goodwill Series in Australia
-Member of the 16U USA Youth National Team and the World Wood Bat Association 18U national championship Chet Lemon's Juice squad
-Selected to the Perfect Game 2007 National Underclass Showcase Top Prospect List

Personal
-Born May 5, 1990
-Son of Vincente and Wanda Cruz
-Biological father, Ronnie Richardson Sr., played in the Boston Red Sox organization
-Has one brother, Vincente Cruz III, and three sisters, Andrika Riley, Gabrielle Cruz and Ashley Clay
-Majoring in interdisciplinary studies with a minor in coaching

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