2002: Concepcion returns for his second season as the starting catcher as a junior in 2002 and will be looked upon to produce in the middle of the batting order....earned Baseball America Preseason All-America second team and Collegiate Baseball Preseason All-America third team honors
MIKE GILLESPIE SAYS: "Alberto, who has been an outstanding player for us for two years, continues to develop to the point where he is one of the elite players in the nation. He is outstanding on defense and is consistent on offense. He is a clutch hitter with power and gives us every reason to believe that his output this year will set the pace for us."
2001: Concepcion started his 2001 sophomore season as the No. 1 catcher and improved in the latter part offensively and defensively...batted .321 with 7 HR and 41 RBI...started in 63 games...earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention...recorded a .367 (11-for-30) batting average during eight postseason games and led the team in home runs (four) and RBI (10)...registered three three-hit games during the postseason...hit two home runs in a 3-for-5 performance with five RBI on June 9 at the College World Series vs. Georgia...went 6-for-13 (.462) with a home run and four RBI at the NCAA Regional, earning All-Regional Team honors...in the last 20 games, he threw out 12 of 30 runners (.400)...had his 10-game hitting streak (16-for-33) snapped on April 24...on Friday (April 20) against No. 1 Stanford, he hit the game-winning home run off starter Jeremy Guthrie...his home run in the bottom of the eighth on Guthrie's first pitch to lead off the inning broke a 1-1 tie in the Trojans' 2-1 win...on the following day on Saturday (April 21), he broke the game open with a three-run homer to right in a 7-0 win...hit two doubles on April 22 against Stanford and recorded a double and triple against San Francisco on April 23.
2000: A multi-talented player, Concepcion saw action at first base, in the outfield and as a catcher...batted .299 with a home run and 22 RBI...started in 37 of 51 games...named to the NCAA First-Round Regional All-Tournament team after going 3-for-9 (.333)...hit his seventh home run of the season on May 26 vs. Virginia Tech at the NCAA First-Round Regional at Cal State Fullerton, which tied the game at 2-2...went 3-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI on May 19 at Washington...hit a solo shot to left in the bottom of the eighth for the game-winner in a 7-6 win against Washington State on March 24.
HIGH SCHOOL: Concepcion, who attended El Segundo (Calif.) High, was one of the top prep sluggers in California history...set state career and single-season records for RBI (171 in his career and 70 in 1998)...tied the state single-season home run record in 1999 with 20...named one of Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd" in the May 17, 1999, issue after tying a national high school record by hitting home runs in six straight at-bats...among his 1999 honors were Baseball America High School All-American first team, ABCA High School All-American second team, USA Today All-American honorable mention, Daily Breeze Player of the Year, CIF Southern Section Division IV Co-Player of the Year and Cal-Hi Sports All-State team...as a senior, he batted .562 with 20 home runs and 67 RBI...as a junior, he made the 1998 Cal-Hi Sports All-State Small Schools team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass team, All-CIF Southern Section Division IV first team, Daily Breeze All-Area first team and Ocean League MVP...batted .566 with 14 home runs and 70 RBI as a junior...was an honor roll student at El Segundo...played in the 1996 Babe Ruth World Series with an El Segundo team...played in the 1998 Area Code Games with the 310 Dodgers.
PERSONAL: He was a second-round draft choice of the San Diego Padres in the 1999 professional draft (and was the second-highest high schooler to choose college over the pros)...Alberto's mother and uncle attended USC...enjoys classic cars, music, bowling and fishing...birthdate is April 18, 1981.
CONCEPCION'S CAREER STATISTICS YEAR G-GS AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB-SBA BB SO 2000 (Fr.) 51-37 .299 117 26 35 3 1 8 22 1-2 36 17 2001 (So.) 63-63 .321 224 37 72 17 3 7 41 4-5 18 35 TOTALS 114-100 .314 341 63 107 20 4 15 63 5-7 54 52