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Rafael Valenzuela
Rafael Valenzuela


Nogales, Ariz.

High School:

Last College:
Cochise College

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 200




Rafael Valenzuela 2009 Game-by-Game Stats
Rafael Valenzuela 2008 Game-by-Game Stats

Selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 25th round of the 2006 MLB draft.

Arizona 2009
Played in 39 games and made 25 starts ... A versatile player who played several position including second base, first base and outfield ... Hit .277 on the season with a .331 on base percentage and a .411 slugging percentage ... Went hitless in final series of season at Oregon (May 22-24) ... Collected two hits in seven at bats with a pair of RBI in series against Washington (May 16-18) ... Came through with an RBI double in a pinch hit at bat against Loyola Marymount on May 11 ... Went 2-for-8 at the plate with a run scored against Oregon State (April 9-11) ... Batted 2-for-7 in two games USC, scoring one run (April 3-5) ... After two hitless games, turned in a 2-for-5 day at plate with one run scored and two RBI at Arizona State in series finale (March 20-22) ... Went 4-for-11 at plate with a double in each game and four RBI in series against Michigan (March 13-15) ... Collected two hits in four at bats in first game of two-game set against Oklahoma State (March 10-11) ... Plated a run and hit a double in a 2-for-4 game at plate against Massachusetts (March 8) ... Tallied four hits in seven at bats against Georgia in first two games of series (Feb. 27 - March 1) ... Scored four runs and tallied four hits over two games in series at UNLV (Feb. 24-25) ... Doubled in each of first three games of season in series against Sacramento State. Batted 5-for-13 with three runs scored.

Arizona 2008
Season: Appeared in 31 games, making 13 starts, including final seven games ... Hit .259 in 58 total at bats, while scoring eight runs and driving in 13 ... Coral Gables Super Regional (June 6-8): Started all three games in left field and went 3-for-14 at the plate with two runs scored and two RBI ... Ann Arbor Super Regional (May 30 - June 1): Made three starts and combined to go 3-for-9 with two runs scored ... Arizona State (May 22-24): Appeared in all three games of series, starting third game in left field. Went 3-for-8 at the plate with two RBI, a run scored and a stolen base in series ... Whataburger Classic (March 7-9): Collected first career base hit, run scored and RBI against Notre Dame.

Cochise College
Played one season for Cochise College in Douglas, Ariz. ... Team MVP in 2007 ... First-team all region ... First-team all ACCAC ... Led the team in home runs (7), doubles (19), RBI (60).

High School
Graduated from Nogales High School in Nogales, Ariz., in 2006 ... Earned three varsity letters in baseball for head coach Oscar Favela ... Two-time team captain ... First-team All-Kino Region as senior after being a second-team member his sophomore and junior years ... Honorable mention all-state his sophomore-senior years.

Summer Leagues
Played for the Arizona Sun Belt team that won the 2006 Sun Belt tournament.

Full name: Rafael Valenzuela ... Born: 10/20/1987 in Nogales, Ariz. ... Son of Rafael and Lupita Valenzuela ... Has two sisters, Cynthia and Rose ... Is majoring in communication.