Dec. 11, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - University of New Mexico junior catcher Rafael Neda has been named the 63rd biggest prospect for 2010 by the College Baseball Blog. Neda is a two-time All-Mountain West Conference honoree and a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American and has had a profound impact on the Lobo baseball program since arriving in the fall of 2007.
"That is big time for Rafael Neda," said Lobo head coach Ray Birmingham. "There are a million kids playing baseball that will be eligible for the draft next year and he is in the top-100. He will go down in history as one of best Lobos of all-time."
As a sophomore, Neda led the Lobos in hitting at .415 and was one of four Lobos to hit over .400. He hit seven round-trippers with 49 RBI and was ranked in the top-10 in the MWC in seven offensive categories (.504 on-base percentage - first, 85 hits - tied for fourth, .611 slugging percentage - fifth, 19 doubles - tied for fifth, 10 hit by pitches - tied for sixth, 57 runs scored - tied for eighth, 129 total bases - tied for ninth).
In 2007, as a freshman, Neda hit .323 with six home runs and 45 RBI and was named MWC Freshman of the Year. Along with the Louisville Slugger award, Neda was also named to the Pro-Line Athletic/National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Division I Freshman All-American First Team and the Ping!Baseball All-Freshman Second Team.