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  Richard Cates

Richard Cates

Player Profile

Yuba City, CA

High School:
Yuba City HS

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 180







Richard Cates was elected by the Los Angeles Angels in the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft with pick #651 in the 21st Round ...finished the season leading the team with his .374 batting average, .456 on base percentage, 44 runs scored, 83 hits, and drew 28 walks, second on the team with his 101 total bases, and third on the team in RBI's (28) and doubles (12) ...named to the 2009 All-Big West Conference Honorable Mention team, the second consecutive season Cates has received Conference honors ...hit his first home run of the season at Pepperdine (2/20) ... collected one hit, one RBI and was hit by a pitch vs. Pepperdine (2/21) ... belted his first double of the season vs. Loyola Marymount (2/24) ... went 4-for-5 at the plate vs. Texas Tech (3/27) ... hit 2-for-3 with one double and one RBI vs. Texas Tech (3/1) ... hit 3-for-4 vs. Evansville (3/3) ... hit 3-for-5 vs. Evansville (3/4) ... hit 2-for-4 with one double at Nebraska (3/8) ... went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI's and scored one run vs. San Jose State (3/14) ... finished 3-for-5 with another 2 RBI's vs. BYU (3/17) ... batted 3-for-5 with a double vs. Columbia (3/19) ... hit a collective 5-for-9 with three doubles and scored three runs in the doubleheader against Columbia (3/21) ... finished the day hitting 2-for-4, scored twice, and drove in 2 RBI's at LMU (3/24) ... went 4-for-5 against UCSB and scored three runs (3/27) ... stole a base and drove in three Matadors vs. UNLV (3/31) ... hit two doubles and added another stolen base and RBI vs. UNLV (4/1) ... had two hits, one being a double at Cal Poly (4/3) ... batted a cumulative 5-for-10 in the weekend series at Long Beach State (4/17-19) ... finished 3-for-5 win a RBI vs. Pepperdine (4/21) ... drove in two RBI's vs. UC Riverside (4/25) ... batted 3-for-5 and scored a run vs. UNLV (4/29) ... finished the game with two hits, three RBI's, a double, and scored one run at UC Irvine (5/2) ... batted 3-for-5, scored two runs, and drove in another one vs. USC (5/9) ... finished 3-for-5 with one RBI and scored two runs vs. Pacific (5/17) finished 2-for-4 with a run scored at Cal State Bakersfield (5/19).


Cates finished the season earning All-Big West Second Team honors ... led the team with a .350 average, playing in every game but one for the Matadors ... collected 72 hits, tying him for the highest amount on the team, and led all other Matadors with 4 triples, and 42 RBI's ... his 102 total bases were the most of any player in 2008, while his 16 doubles were the second-highest amount on the team ... finished with the highest on-base percentage of any Matador on the roster with .429 ... was hit by a pitch on 12 occasions, leading the team in that category ... batted 2-2 and drove in five runs vs. Northwestern (2/24) ... went 2-3, hit his first triple of the season, and earned two RBI's vs. St. John's in back-to-back games (3/8 and 3/9) ... collected four hits and scored twice vs. Loyola Marymount (3/22) ... hit 2-4 with a double, and drove in two runs vs. Cal Poly (4/5) ... drove in four runs, and batted 4-6 with a double at Cal State Fullerton (4/13) ... blasted three hits and added another RBI and double to his respective totals vs. UNLV (4/29).


Cates tallied a season-high three hits on Apr. 14 vs. Long Beach State, going 3-for-5 with a run scored ... had three RBI in the Matadors' 9-4 victory against Pacific on May 26, part of a 2-for-5 day ... posted his first homer of the season on Feb. 16 against Washington State ... tallied a season-high six-game hit streak from Mar. 2 to Mar. 16 ... finished the season with a .302 batting average, second-best on the squad ... batted .400 with runners on base, and was 2-for-2 with the bases loaded ... smacked a walk off, RBI single against UC Santa Barbara on Apr. 28.


In his second game as a Matador, Cates went 2-for-2 with a grand slam home run ... had a 3-for-3 outing May 11 vs. Arkansas ... had two hits with a run scored and an RBI ... also posted a multiple hit game Apr. 7 vs. Cal Poly, going 2-for-3 with a double ... scored two runs with two hits Mar. 26 at Cal Poly, part of an 8-for-17 stint from Mar. 18 to Mar. 26 ... batting average reached a season-high .299 after his two-hit effort Apr. 7 vs. Cal Poly.


Cates was a three-sport athlete at Yuba City High School in Yuba City, Calif. ... was a four-year letterwinner in baseball, played two seasons as a midfielder on the soccer team and one year as a point guard on the basketball squad ... helped the Honkers to a Metro League Championship during his senior season ... hit .461 with six home runs and 31 runs batted in as a senior ... graduated in 2005 with a 3.0 GPA.


Born on December 11, 1986 in Yuba City, Calif. ... parents are Tina and Rickie Cates ... has three sisters, Krystina, Anastacia and Cassandra ... favorites include the Boston Red Sox, the television show "Baseball Tonight", eating pizza and the band "From Autumn to Ashes" ... lists his greatest moment in sports as hitting a home run at the Oakland Athletics' Triple-A field in Sacramento ... says the best thing about being an athlete is the friendships you make, while the toughest thing is time management ... likes to go fishing when he has time to relax ... as a superstition, he listens to certain songs before he plays and shakes someone's hand before every at-bat ... states that he would like to be stranded on a deserted island with any hot girl ... lists the best advice he has been given as "swing hard and run like hell" ... nobody knows how much he hates spiders.