|High School:||Northview HS|
BRIEFLY: Will again be among a group of players battling for a starting job in one of the outfield spots After not playing one inning defensively as a freshman, he was a fixture in right field most of the season in his sophomore campaign Also has the ability to catch, but will likely not see any time unless there is an emergency.
TITANS `04: Posted the fifth best average on the team, hitting .333 on the season Set career-highs in almost all offensive categories in 2004 His .554 slugging percentage was good for second on the team (behind only Kurt Suzuki) and fifth in the Big West Conference Led the Titans and was third in the conference with 20 doubles Was fifth on the squad in both on-base percentage (.413) and RBIs (39) Had 21 multiple-hit games, two times collecting three hits (Feb. 13 at Arizona and Mar. 9 vs. San Diego) Had a nine-game hitting streak form Feb. 28 to Mar. 14 when he hit .405 with seven RBI and seven runs scored His seven homers were were good for second on the team (trailing Kurt Suzuki who had 16) Was selected to the All-Big West Conference team as an honorable mention.
TITANS '03: Earned honorable mention All-Big West Conference honors as a true freshman All of his game action came at DH Was batting .386 before a 5-for-32 skid to finish the season saw his average fall to .325 The Titans were 24-3 when he batted eighth or ninth in the order Batted .448 with runners on and two outs and .529 with runners in scoring position and two outs Blasted three homers in four at bats in the UNLV series (including two in the Sunday game) and reached base in six of seven appearances Had a game-tying two-run double in the eighth inning of the Titans' 7-5 win over Long Beach State on Mar. 30 Was 5-for-6 with a pair of doubles in the Titans' three-game sweep of Pacific to open Big West play.
NORTHVIEW H.S.: Was a four-year varsity player at Northview H.S. in Covina, Calif., where he was primarily a catcher for Coach Darren Murphy Earned some form of All-Valle Vista League recognition in each of his four seasons, including co-MVP honors as a senior, when he batted .478 with six homers and 32 RBI to lead Northview to an 18-9 record and a league championship Also named a Louisville Slugger TPX All-American his junior and senior years Had his highest batting average (.515) as a sophomore Holds Northview career records for hits (130), home runs (19) and RBI (91).
PERSONAL: Born on Feb. 23, 1984, in East Los Angeles Parents are Jesus and Rosa Pedroza Has three younger siblings Majoring in communications and minoring in business Credits his father with having the greatest influence on his life Enjoys playing poker Says the most impressive thing about Coach Horton is "he knows just about everything about small ball" Says he's better than anyone at fishing...but he's never been able to catch a salmon Enjoys playing wiffle ball when he's not on the real baseball field Lists winning the College World Series as his biggest sports thrill Favorites ... Manny Ramirez (player), San Francisco Giants (team), South Park (TV show), Lord of the Rings (movie), Tony Gwynn's Art of Hitting (book), www.mlb.com (web site)