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30 Titans in 30 Days...Day 14..Kolten Yamaguchi.

POSTED May 22, 2013
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

Kolten Yamaguchi

College: Pepperdine

Year: Sophomore

Position: Catcher

Hometown: Kona, Hawaii

Titans Outlook: The sophomore backstop had a solid spring for the Waves, batting .309 in 33 games. That number included 20 runs scored, six doubles, four home runs and 18 RBI’s.

A knee injury limited his action down the stretch but he is in the process of rehabbing the knee now and expects to be in Torrington next week with teammate, Vincent Hoover.

Pepperdine and Kona are about as far from Fuessenich Park as you can travel but the backstop is looking forward to coming East.

“My coach told me great things about the league.” Yamaguchi said. “I want to work on my physical strength this summer and work with the pitchers.”

A self-described vocal leader from behind the plate, Yamaguchi likes to be a part of controlling what happens on each play.

He can bat anywhere in the lineup, has some pop as shown by the four long balls he hit for the Waves in 2013.

Pepperdine finished the regular season with a 27-24 overall record (13-11 in the West Coast Conference).

Before college, Yamaguchi graduated from Konawaena High School where he was a four year member of the Nation Honor Society and a three year honor roll member.

Was All-Big Island Interscholastic Federation in his sophomore and junior year.

Played varsity baseball for three years and also lettered in football, basketball and paddling.

One of three catchers on the team at this point, playing for a former minor league backstop in head coach Misha Dworken.

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