Palomar Comets Baseball
SO, 6-1, 185;
SCHOOL: Hemet (Hemet, CA) (Class of 2005)
NCAA DIVISION II COLLEGE:
Has signed with Abilene Christian
DRAFT: Selected by the San Diego 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,
14) and one sister (Ashley, 19). ... Grandson of former
Class AA minor league catcher Ray Cates.
SEASON: Compiled a 3.34 ERA for 32 1/3 innings and
was a part-time starter. ... Owns a 3.18 ERA in Pacific Coast Conference play. ... Pitched an inning
of scoreless ball in relief vs. Cerritos on Jan. 31. ...
Worked 3 2/3 innings out of the bullpen without giving
up an earned run and struck out three vs. first-place
Southwestern on March 1. ... Started and pitched 4 1/3
innings but wasn't involved in the decision in the
Comets' 4-2 win over San Diego City College on March 8.
... Allowed only one run in 5 1/3 innings vs. Orange
Coast on March 19. Left the game, which the Comets
eventually lost, with the score tied 1-1. ... Shut down
first-place Southwestern with six innings of three-hit,
one-run ball on March 29 but wasn't around at the finish
when the Jaguars took a 3-2 victory in the bottom of the
10th. ... Allowed four hits without an earned run,
striking out five, but wasn't involved in the decision
as the Comets rallied for a 10-9 win over San Diego City
College on April 10. Left the game with an 8-2 lead
after six innings.
SEASON: Received a medical redshirt 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 University of
Utah third baseman Erich Kemp) at Hemet. ... First-team
All-Sunbelt League and 2005
Riverside County All-Star Game MVP. ...; Batted .487 as
a senior and was second-team All-Riverside County.
SCHOOL SPORTS: Played varsity football for the Bulldogs.
(Updated as of Summer 2008)