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    Joey Metropoulos
    Joey Metropoulos

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Jamul, Calif.

    High School:
    Monte Vista

    Height / Weight:
    6-1 / 230

    Position:
    First Base

    Birthdate:
    10/07/1983

    Bats/Throws:
    Right/Right

    2004: Metropoulos was drafted and signed in the ninth round of the 2004 draft by the Toronto Blue Jays...he batted .286 (58-for-203) with nine home runs and 32 RBI in his final season with the Trojans...earned Collegiate Baseball Preseason All-America third team honors...as of July 2004, he is second at USC for most times hit by a pitch (38), tied for sixth in career home runs (33) and tied for eighth in career doubles (48)...went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run and two RBI, including the game-winning RBI (double) in the ninth, on May 29 in a 9-8 win against Arizona...registered a 2-for-4 game on March 17 at Tulane with a double and home run...hit two home runs and had three RBI on Feb. 27 against No. 5 Georgia Tech at the Kia Baseball Classic in Fullerton, Calif..

    2003: As the starting first baseman as a 2003 sophomore, Metropoulos finished second on the team with a .321 batting average (67-for-209)...also finished second in home runs (11) and RBI (41)...earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention honors...had a season-high, six-game hitting streak from May 5-20 and batted .619 (13-for-21) with five doubles and a home run...went 8-for-12 in the Washington State series, going 4-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI on May 18 and 3-for-6 with two doubles and an RBI on May 16...went 3-for-5 with two home runs and six RBI on March 25 against Fresno State...had a 2-for-3 day with a three-run homer and four RBI on March 18 at San Diego...hit a home run in back-to-back games at UCLA (March 7-8)...went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI on Feb. 14 against No. 23 South Alabama.

    2002: Metropoulos was used mainly as a designated hitter in his 2002 freshman season and proved to be a prolific power hitter, batting .352 (68-for-193) with 13 home runs and 65 RBI...earned Baseball America Freshman All-America first team and Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-America honorable mention honors...earned All-Pac-10 and All-West Region second team honors...earned NCAA First-Round Regional All-Tournament team honors after going 6-for-13 (.462) with three doubles, two walks and two RBI...had a season-high eight-game hitting streak from March 5-19 (.440, 11-for-29, eight runs, six doubles, one home run and 10 RBI)...registered seven RBI in a 3-for-5 afternoon on May 26 at UCLA with a double and home run (the school record for most RBI in a game is eight)...recorded five RBI on April 26 vs. Arizona with a 4-for-5 performance with a double and home run...on April 13 at No. 2 Stanford, he went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer that started a six-run first inning in the Trojans? 16-11 victory...sprained his right ankle on March 23 against Stanford, but still played in the California series...hit a two-run homer as part of a six-run inning in a 13-9 win on March 30 against California...on March 17 at Pepperdine, he went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a triple and three RBI...hit a pinch-hit three-run homer on March 8 against TCU at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock...the homer hit the top of the Round Rock Express? clubhouse in left field, estimated to be around 475-500 feet away from home plate.

    HIGH SCHOOL: He earned 2001 second-team All-American honors at Monte Vista High in Spring Valley, Calif...earned All-Grossmont League South honors three years and All-CIF first team two years...once hit three home runs in a game...member of the Encinitas Reds, which won the national championship at the 2000 Connie Mack World Series...earned All-CIF and all-league honors in his junior season.

    PERSONAL: Majoring in social science with an emphasis in economics...parents are Dave and Mary...was a 16th-round selection by the Detroit Tigers in the 2001 professional draft...enjoys camping in his spare time...lists Ken Griffey, Jr., as his biggest sports hero...favorite television show is The Simpsons...favorite movie is Braveheart...birthdate is Oct. 7, 1983.

    Metropoulos? Career Statistics

    YEAR	        G-GS	AVG	AB	R	H	2B	3B	HR	RBI	SB-SBA	BB	SO	HBP	TB	SLG%	OB%	PO	A	E	FLD%
    2002 (Fr.)	57-56	.352	193	51	68	17	1	13	65	2-4	38	51	7	126	.653	.463	5	4	1	.900
    2003 (So.)	55-55	.321	209	34	67	15	1	11	41	6-12	27	37	11	117	.560	.423	435	42	6	.988
    2004 (Jr.)	55-55	.286	203	55	58	16	0	9	32	5-8	31	20	20	101	.498	.424	375	45	9	.979
    TOTALS	        112-111	.336	402	85	135	32	2	24	106	8-16	65	88	38	344	.569	.437	815	91	16	.983