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Athletic Republic Inland Empire Athlete Ricky Oropesa Drafted by San Francisco Giants

Matt Barnes - Tuesday, August 02, 2011

In 2006 Etiwanda High School Junior Ricky Oropesa and his father, Alfred, walked into Athletic Republic Rancho Cucamonga looking to build on his hard hitting baseball skills. Over the next two years the commitment to improving his speed, power and agility took Ricky from high school stand-out to playing first base for USC. Athletic Republic's Darrel Barnes remembered shortly after completing his first program at Athletic Republic, Ricky attended a college showcase where he hit a towering homerun that garnished attention from all.  Afterwards Ricky said, "Thanks to the training, I finally know what it feels like to use my hips and lower half of my body."

During his three years as a Trojan, Ricky accumulated a .331 batting average in 170 games, 40 home runs, 159 RBIs, 13 stolen bases and a .596 slugging percentage.

Barnes added, "During the past five years we've helped Ricky generate impressive hitting power through his hips and legs. His hard work on the treadmill, on our agility and strength equipment, with our pro-batting system and his on-field during practice has allowed him to develop into an outstanding infielder and the best left-handed hitter in college baseball."

Barnes was not the only one to notice Ricky's sweet stroke and singular focus at the plate for destroying the baseball, as this past week the San Francisco Giants claimed the USC Junior with the 116th overall pick in the 3rd round of the 2011 MLB draft.

The training team at Athletic Republic - Rancho Cucamonga, California will continue to work with Ricky until he reports and looks forward to seeing him take his light tower power to the big leagues.

Want to see Ricky's smooth swing?
Watch this clip from a 2010 game against UCLA:

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