Professional Aspirations Become a Reality for Ryan Pineda

June 8, 2010

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - After being chosen on the second day of the 2010 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft, junior second baseman Ryan Pineda became the most recent addition to a prestigious list of names.

Chosen by the Oakland Athletics with the 845th pick in the 28th round, the Las Vegas, Nev. native joined an exclusive list of Matadors who were drafted by one of the 30 professional MLB organizations.

In 2010, Pineda became the first Northridge baseball player named to the All-Big West First Team since Alberto Quintana received similar honors in 2005.

Pineda led the Big West with 16 home runs, finished second in the conference with 66 runs batted in and 24 stolen bases, tied for fifth in the conference with 57 runs, and finishing eighth with his .589 slugging percentage.

The only Matador to start all 56 games, he finished with a .316 batting average and led the team in runs, home runs, runs batted in, total bases (136), and stolen bases (24), and finished with the second-highest amount of hits (73) this season.

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