22 Trojans are competing in the minors with hopes of one day making the big leagues.
Rabago has been practicing during the fall as a catcher with success and should see playing time there as a junior along with being a starting infielder as a junior for the Trojans.
In his sophomore season, Rabago started in 55 games and batted .263 (52-for-198) with a career-high seven home runs and 30 RBI...did not pitch as much as he did in his freshman season, making only six appearances on the mound for an 0-3 record and 14.21 ERA (6 1/3 IP, 10 H, 10 ER, 4 BB, 7 SO)...at the plate, he had seven doubles and one triple with four stolen bases..recorded four RBI in the Washington State series (May 23-25)...he was a key figure in the 6-5 win on May 18 against Oregon State as the Trojans rallied from a 5-0 deficit...had a 2-for-3 game with three RBI, including a walkoff RBI single in the ninth with two outs...went 3-for-4 on April 26 at No. 5 Stanford...had a 3-for-5 day at the plate, scoring two runs, on March 16 at No. 9 Long Beach State...went 7-for-14 (.500) with a double and three RBI in three straight games (two at Winthrop on March 8-9 and vs. UC Irvine on March 11)...went 1-for-4 with a home run and three RBI with two runs scored...during the opening series at Florida International (Feb. 22-24), Rabago was forced to make two starts at shortstop with an injury to Grant Green...hit two home runs and a triple on Feb. 23 and finished the weekend by hitting .636 (7-for-11) with two doubles, a triple, two home runs and four RBI.
As a 2007 freshman, Rabago was one of three two-way players...as an infielder, he made 14 starts in 18 games and batting .232 (13-for-56) with two home runs and 10 RBI...on the mound, he was 2-1 with a 5.10 ERA and one save...in 19 appearances, he pitched 30.0 innings and allowed 31 hits with 14 walks and 24 strikeouts...earned his first collegiate win on Feb. 23 against No. 2 Tulane with 3 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing only one hit in the Trojans' 8-5 victory...hit his first collegiate home run on April 5 at No. 9 Oregon State...threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings on May 14 at No. 14 Arizona to record his first collegiate save.
He was a four-year varsity letterwinner at Poly High in Riverside, Calif., under coach Aaron Moore...teammate of current Trojan Mike O'Neill...three-time all-county selection as well as a two-time Riverside Press Enterprise first team selection...earned All-CIF Division I first team honors after batting .437 with seven home runs, 32 walks, 31 runs and 26 RBI in his senior season...helped lead Poly to the 2006 CIF Division I semifinals...he was the Ivy League co-most valuable player and earned all-league honors...in his junior season, he was named 2005 Los Angeles Times Player of the Year for the Inland Empire area after batting .384 with nine home runs, 30 runs and 44 RBI while going 6-1 on the mound with a 2.30 ERA...in 45 2/3 innings as a junior, he struck out 53 batters...also earned All-CIF Division I honors as a junior.
He is majoring in sociology with hopes of becoming a detective and family counselor...parents are Hector and Silvia...has one brother, Chris, and one sister, Brianna...favorite movie is Troy...favorite television shows are Prison Break and Fringe...enjoys listening to Eminem and Tupac...lists Rafael Furcal and Manny Ramirez as his sports heroes...birthdate is Aug. 24, 1988.