Palomar Comets Baseball
SO, 6-2, 200;
SCHOOL: Hemet (Hemet, CA) (2005)
DRAFT: Under control of the San Diego Padres.
Selected by the Padres in the 30th round of the June
PERSONAL: Born Dec. 13, 1986, in Hemet. ...
Son of Ray and Cheryl Cates. ... Has one brother (Ricky,
13) and one sister (Ashley, 18). ... Grandson of former
Class AA minor league catcher Ray Cates.
SEASON: Is expected to receive a medical re=shirt
after being sidelined since the early season with a
pulled groin muscle. ... Finished his shortened season
1-1 with 11 strikeouts in 13 innings. ... Was the starter and
a 7-2 winner
vs. Ventura on Feb. 3, giving up one run in five
innings. ... Started and pitched 2 2/3 innings of
one-hit ball with no earned runs against Pierce on Feb.
17. Came out with a 3-1 lead in a game the Comets
eventually won 18-3.
SEASON: Was 2-0 with a 4.32 ERA,
striking out 17 batters in
innings. ... Was 1-0 in Pacific Coast
Conference play. ... Gave up 2 hits in 4 innings,
striking out 5, in 6-5 victory over Cerritos on Feb. 1.
... Beat Citrus 10-3 on the road on Feb. 9, pitching the
first 5 innings and surrendered 2 runs. ... Started and
pitched 5 innings of 3-hit, shutout ball in 6-3 win over
Mt. SAC Feb. 15. Left the game with the teams tied 0-0
and wasn't involved in the decision. ... Beat Imperial
Valley 12-1 in the Comets' conference opener on Feb. 25.
Pitched the first 7 innings, giving up an unearned run
on 7 hits, striking out 7 and walking 2
SUMMER TRAVEL BASEBALL: Pitched in the CABA World Series in
Chicago and Atlanta representing the Southern California
Thunder.... Also pitched for Team USA Sports in the
SCHOOL: Pitched for coaches Mike Arnold and Rod
Kemp (father of former Palomar and current University of
Utah third baseman Erich Kemp) at Hemet. ... First-team
All-Sunbelt League and 2005
Riverside County All-Star Game MVP.
(Updated at conclusion of season)