NCAA DI Utility Player (who can pitch) playing in D1 Australian League (SIGNED IN SWITZERLAND FOR 2019)
Name: Ryan Hooper
Weight: 83 KG
DOB: April 13, 1995
Date Available: April 1, 2019
Positions: 2B, 3B, SS, OF
Positions (alt): RP
College: University of California, Davis
My father played baseball (CAL, Oakland/Indians organizations) so before I knew I could walk it was decided I was going to be a baseball player. I started playing as early as possible and immediately fell in love with the game. In high school and early in my college career I played 3b and SS but slowly moved to the outfield. Making the move was the best choice I made, as after hours and hours of dedication, I became the best defensive outfielder in the program. I knew hard work was the recipe for success. I had to make my collegiate’s team for my first 3 years at the school. This devotion ultimately led me to Second Team All-Conference honors (link) my junior year. I have always wanted to travel, any chance I get, I go backpacking/exploring a new place.That is why I chose to play across the country for each one of my summer ball experiences. As well, my father played baseball overseas and always said it was the best baseball experience he ever had. I have never been out of the country and have always had the itch to leave and explore. Pairing my love for traveling and baseball makes this the perfect opportunity for me to finish off my playing career.
I have pop, as well as an ability to hit for an average. I led my team in both home runs and stolen bases this year. Defensively I bring a lot to the table. Very high baseball IQ as I make all defensive shifts for my college team. I have a + arm, as I was gunned from the outfield at 92. Played third base in college but for my team to have the best opportunity to win I was put in the outfield. During my high school career I started at shortstop for my travel ball team. Can play any position besides catcher.
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Ryan Hooper is three weeks away from the end of his journey with UC Davis Baseball. Ryan came to us five years ago as a recruited walk-on player, redshirted as a freshman and had to work to make the team his second year at UC Davis. On more than one occasion it was doubtful that Ryan would continue at UC Davis, but there were always a couple of things that kept him around: an incredible first step to the ball on defense and opposite field power rare in younger players. Most importantly, Ryan has a toughness that is not going to let him fail. After a freshman year that did not see Ryan play much, he continued to work and get stronger. While Ryan can play 3B, 2B, or 1B, his sophomore year saw more playing time and for the last two years Ryan has been our everyday Right Fielder. Ryan is an average runner who can steal bases, has been a leadoff to middle of the order hitter for us and as a Junior was an All League selection in the Big West Conference, one of the top Division 1 Baseball Conferences in the country. Perhaps most importantly, Ryan over the last two years has become a leader for us and is one of the best in this regard that I have coached in 26 years. He will be a great teammate and will not be a problem for you on or off the field. Having myself spent time overseas with Baseball, I can tell you that I know there are many differences that will be challenging, and you need the right young man to meet those challenges. Ryan Hooper is that young man! We get great young men in UC Davis Baseball and Ryan is one of the very best. I recommend him without reservation as a Baseball Player and ambassador for your programs.
I have known Ryan his entire life and watch him grow and mature as a Baseball Player and a person. He walked on to UC Davis and not only worked his way on to the Roster but has been a full time starter in the Outfield the past 2 years, hitting in the middle of the Aggies line-up. Ryan is a solid all around player that can contribute in all areas of the game. He has been a dependable defender in RF (occ filling in CF), aggressive on the bases with ability to steal an occ base, and has been an offensive performer w/ occ power. He has always played with energy on the diamond. The fact that Ryan walked on to UC Davis and has become a starter for 2 ½ years is a testament to his work ethic and desire to succeed. But, most importantly he has been recognized by his Teammates and Coaches as a Team Captain. Quite an accomplishment for a player that walked on to the Program. I think any coach would be happy to have Ryan on their team as a Player and as a Teammate.