Baseball
    Oropesa to Represent the Philippines in the Upcoming World Baseball Classic Qualifying
    Ricky Oropesa
    Ricky Oropesa

    Sept. 20, 2012

    LOS ANGELES - Current San Francisco Giants farmhand Ricky Oropesa will represent the Philippines in the 2013 World Baseball Classic Qualifying Tournament.

    Oropesa (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Etiwanda HS) played for the Trojans from 2009-11 before being drafted in the 3rd round of the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft by the Giants. He spent the 2012 season playing for San Jose, the high A affiliate of the Giants. He batted .263 through 134 games, serving as the team's primary first baseman, driving in 98 RBIs with 16 home runs. His 98 RBIs were second-best in the California League. He also tallied a team-leading 30 doubles.

    As a Trojan, Oropesa batted .331 in 170 games (starting 167 of those). He had 40 doubles, three triples, 40 home runs and 159 RBIs. He had a .596 career slugging percentage and a .409 on-base percentage. His 40 home runs tie him for third on the all-time USC career home runs category and his 159 RBIs placed him fifth on the all- time USC list. His slugging percentage of .596 tied for ninth all-time.

    This is Oropesa's first time representing the Philippines as the team is making its first appearance in World Baseball Classic Qualifying. His maternal grandfather was a boxer back in his native country. The team will be playing in the World Baseball Classic Qualifier 4 in New Taipei City, Taiwan from November 15-18 in Xinzhuang Stadium. The other teams in the group are Chinese Taipei, New Zealand and Thailand. Their first game will be versus Thailand on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. PT. The top four teams out of the 16 teams in the qualifying tournament will receive berths to the World Baseball Classic in the spring.