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Jim Rapoport

Player Profile
Westlake Village, CA

High School:
Chaminade College Prep

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 190




Getting To Know Jim Rapoport
Pronunciation: RAP-uh-PORT
Features: Seasons Of Change (May 2, 2006) | Perfect Planning (March 24, 2005)

General: An experienced outfielder • Can cause lots of problems for opponents by putting pressure on their defense • One of the fastest players in the conference and perhaps the nation • Handles the bat well and is an excellent bunter • Very important to the success of the Cardinal • Understands what it takes to play at the collegiate level • An excellent professional prospect with his attractive speed • Not a power hitter but can hit a home run on occasion • An excellent defensive player with the ability to chase down fly balls and an above average throwing arm • One of the top defensive outfielders in the Pac-10.

Cardinal Career: Updated Career Stats • Stanford's active career leader with 20 stolen bases, while adding a .271 batting average, five homers and 64 RBI • Also has 127 hits, 88 runs scored, 19 doubles, two triples, 169 total bases, a .360 slugging percentage, 61 walks, a .356 on-base percentage and 20 sacrifice bunts • Has 31 multiple-hit games, including five with three hits and a pair with four • Has added 15 multiple-RBI contests with three in two of the games and four in two others • Has a .983 fielding percentage with five errors in 298 defensive chances.

Career-Highs: AB - 7, at SCU (4/27/04) • R - 3, twice • H - 4, twice • HR - 1, five times • RBI - 4, twice • SB - 2, twice • Hit Streak - 13

As A Junior In 2006: Hitting .254 with three homers, 32 RBI and three stolen bases • Has had at least one RBI in each of the last five games (5/27 - 6/10), including his most recent contest when he was 2-for-4 with a long home run over the rightfielder fence and a pair of RBI • Was 3-for-4 (season-high-tying hits) with his first career two-double game and a pair of RBI in the NCAA Regional opener versus North Carolina State (6/2) • Had a four-game hit streak from May 12-16 (.375, 6-16, 3 RBI) that included going 2-for-3 with three RBI and a stolen base versus Santa Clara (5/16) and a season-high-tying five-game hit streak from April 28 - May 2 • Had one of the team's most memorable moments of the season when he hit an inside-the-park grandslam in an 11-4 win over Arizona State (4/30) • Was 3-for-6 with a double and three RBI against Arizona State (4/29) • Had a hot four-game hit streak from March 26 - April 1 (.438, 7-16, SB, RBI) that included a 3-for-5 game against USC in the first game of a doubleheader (4/1) • Posted a season-high-tying five-game hit streak from February 20-26 • Has started 23 of Stanford's last 27 games in left field after being removed from the starting lineup for three previous games • Had started the first 29 games this season and 57 of 59 contests a year ago in center field • Paces the squad with 12 sacrifice bunts (#3T Pac-10) and is tied for third with 18 walks • Has earned Second Team Pac-10 All-Academic honors.

2006 Individual Game NotesGame-By-Game Stats
Season-Highs: AB - 6, vs. ASU (4/29) • R - 2, seven times • H - 3, twice • HR - 1, twice • RBI - 4, vs. ASU (4/30) • SB - 1, three times • Hit Streak - 5

As A Sophomore In 2005: Led the club in stolen bases (16, #7T Pac-10) and sacrifice bunts (6, #9T Pac-10), while ranking second in walks (36, #7T Pac-10), as well as third in runs scored (48) and on-base percentage (.402) • Also had 63 hits, 11 doubles, a triple, 85 total bases and a .401 slugging percentage in 58 games (57 starts) • Added 18 multiple-hit games, including two three-hit contests and a pair of four-hit showings • Had five multiple-RBI games that included one four-RBI contest • Posted a career-high 13-game hit streak (March 26 - April 17) that equaled the longest by a Stanford player in 2005, hitting a torrid .521 (25-48) during the run to raise his batting average 168 points from .224 when the streak started to a season-high .392 by the time it ended • Hit .323 with two homers, 13 RBI and a team-high seven stolen bases in 24 Pac-10 games (all starts) • Earned Second Team Pac-10 All-Academic recognition.

2005 Individual Game NotesGame-By-Game Stats
5/28 at USC - 8 PO ... career-high putouts • 5/22 vs. Arizona - 2-5, SB • 5/21 vs. Arizona - Scored the game-winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth on Chris Minaker's RBI single in a 5-4 win • 5/15 vs. UCLA - 1-2, 2B, RBI, 3 BB ... reached base in four of five trips to the plate • 5/9 at California - 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI • 5/6 at California - 2-5, 2B • 5/3 at Nevada - 2 BB ... brought his three-game walk total to 10 • 5/2 at UC Davis - 1-1, 2B, RBI, 2 SB, 5 BB ... career-high and team season-high walks (one shy of single-game NCAA Division I record) ... career-high-tying stolen bases ... reached base in all six of his plate appearances • 4/26 vs. Washington - 3 BB • 4/17 at Arizona State - 4-5, HR, 4 RBI, SB ... career-high RBI ... career-high-tying hits • 4/16 at Arizona State - 2-4 • 4/15 at Arizona State - HR, RBI • 4/12 vs. San Francisco - 2-3 • 4/9 vs. Oregon State (Game 1) - 2-4 • 4/5 vs. Santa Clara - 2-3, SB • 4/3 at Washington State - 4-5, 2B, SB, RBI, 3 runs ... career-high-tying hits ... career-high-tying runs scored • 4/1 at Washington State - 2-4, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 SB ... career-high-tying stolen bases • 3/26 at Sacramento State - 2-4, RBI • 3/24 vs. Pacific - 2-2, BB ... reached base in all three of his at bats • 3/20 at Pacific - 3-5, RBI, SB • 3/6 vs. California (Game 2) - 2-3 • 3/6 vs. California (Game 1) - Squeezed home pinch-runner Cameron Matthews with one out in the bottom of the ninth to lift Cardinal to a 3-2 win • 3/5 vs. California - 2-4, SB • 2/19 at Texas - 2-5, 2B • 2/12 vs. Kansas (Game 1) - 3-4, 2B • 2/6 at Cal State Fullerton - 3 runs ... career-high-tying runs scored • 1/30 vs. Fresno State (Game 2) - 2-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI ... first career HR • 1/29 vs. Fresno State - 2 RBI

As A Freshman In 2004:Played in 30 games with 12 starts (eight in right field and four at designated hitter) • Batted .250 with a triple, nine RBI and a stolen base, adding 10 runs scored, 17 total bases, a .283 slugging percentage, seven walks, one hit-by-pitch, a .338 on-base percentage and a pair of sacrifice bunts • Made one error in 37 fielding attempts for a .973 fielding percentage • Started four consecutive contests from February 22-29 and again from April 24 - May 1, as well as three more in a row from May 8-11 • Had a season-best three-game hit streak from February 21-27 • Posted a pair of two-hit games and three contests with two RBI • Hit .278 with a pair of RBI and a stolen base in 12 Pac-10 games and four starts.

2004 Individual Game NotesGame-By-Game Stats
6/5 vs. Long Beach State (Regional) - Had a pinch-hit bunt single in the bottom of the ninth inning in his postseason debut • 5/16 at Arizona - 1-1, SB, run scored ... had pinch-hit ninth inning single and came around to score before Arizona rallied for 19-18 win with six-run bottom of the ninth ... first collegiate stolen base • 5/1 at Washington State - 2-5 ... season-high-tying hits • 4/30 vs. Washington State - 7 PO ... season-high putouts • 4/27 at Santa Clara - 2-7, 2 RBI ... first collegiate two-hit game ... career-high at bats • 4/23 vs. Sacramento State - 2 RBI ... pinch-hit two-RBI single • 4/8 at Oregon State - Pinch-hit RBI single • 4/3 at UCLA - Scored game-winning run as pinch-runner • 3/24 at Santa Clara - 3B, RBI ... first collegiate extra-base hit • 2/27 at California - 2 RBI ... first collegiate RBI and two-RBI game • 2/22 vs. Texas - 1-2 ... first collegiate start • 2/21 vs. Texas - First collegiate hit

High School:A 2003 graduate of Chaminade College Prep • A member of the 2003 Los Angeles Times San Fernando Valley All-Region Team and a Second Team All-Southern California choice by Baseball Resource • Named All-Mission League First Team as a senior, Second Team as a junior and honorable mention as a sophomore • Led his squad to three consecutive league titles (2001, '02, '03) • Batted .483 with six homers, 36 RBI and 25 stolen bases as a senior • Hit .357 with four homers, 22 RBI and 17 stolen bases as a junior • Coached in baseball by Scott Drootin during his freshman-junior campaigns and former Major League pitcher Mark Gubicza as a senior.

Other Amateur Baseball: Played for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox of the Cape Cod Baseball League for the second straight summer in 2005 and ranked second in the conference with 18 stolen bases, while hitting .162 with a pair of doubles and 11 RBI • Helped the Red Sox to a league title in 2004, hitting .217 with six doubles, three triples, a homer, 14 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 42 starts during the regular season before struggling in the playoffs with a .118 batting average • Played three summers for the West Hills (Chaminade) Eagles, leading them to the state championship game in 2000 before losing to teammate Adam Sorgi's squad in the final, as well as district titles in 2001 and 2002 • Played for the Milwaukee Brewers Area Code team in 2002 and was named the Fastest Player at the event • Named the 2002 Team One West No. 1 prospect and the 2002 Team One National No. 10 prospect • Played for the Atlanta Braves scout team and the Los Angeles Dodgers elite squad in both 2001 and 2002.

MLB First-Year Player Draft: Selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 39th round of the 2003 MLB First-Year Player Draft but did not sign a professional contract.

Parents: Steven and Lisa Rapoport

Public Policy

Volleyball Family:

Father was a middle blocker at Cal State Northridge, while mother played collegiate volleyball at UCLA and spent several years as a Bruin assistant coach in the sport

Favorite Pro Sports Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Favorite Pro Sports Athlete: Shawn Green
What people don't know about me is:

I enjoy playing classic video game systems

For me to improve as a person, I need to: Be a leader on and off the field
For me to improve as a player, I need to: Touch it with two strikes, and get faster and stronger
I would describe myself as a person as:

Hard-working and dedicated

I pattern my game after:

Steve Finley

If I could spend a day with anyone it would be: Mickey Mantle
The biggest thrill of my life so far is: Experiencing the birth of my two brothers
The thing that sets Stanford Baseball apart from other collegiate baseball programs is: Our up-tempo style of play
Best Advice Received: Don't let anyone tell you something can't be done
Advice To Youngsters: Always give your best effort in everything you do
Most Prized Possession: A Willie Mays autographed picture
What makes Sunken Diamond so special is: The overall atmosphere and great fans
If I won a lot of money I would: Donate to a worthwhile cause
I would like to be remembered at Stanford for: My baseball accomplishments and being a model student
When I played sports as a kid, I pretended to be: Ken Griffey, Jr.
Summer Job: Spent the summer of 2005 working camps for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox when he wasn't playing for the club
My ultimate SportsCenter highlight would be: A walkoff grandslam in the World Series
I am most thankful in life for: Being blessed with a great family and health
One wish I would make for the 21st century is: To resolve conflicts with foreign nations
Earliest Baseball Memory: Playing tee-ball when he was four years old

Last Updated: June 11, 2006

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