Former Soquel High baseball player Aaron Bates recently completed winter ball action. His team represented Puerto Rico in the 2011 Caribbean World Series, which concluded in Mayaguez, P.R., earlier this week.
The Yaquis of Obregon, representing the Mexican League, won the 2011 CWS title with a 3-2 win against Venezuela’s Caribes of Anzoátegui on Monday night.
Bates, a member of the Boston Red Sox’s organization, is a 6-foot-4, 230-pound outfielder. He played for Puerto Rico’s Criollos de Caguas during the winter, batting .167 [13-for-78] with one double and no home runs in 29 games. In the Caribbean Series, Bates was 3-for-9 [.333] with two runs scored and three RBIs.
Puerto Rico finished 3-3 in the series.
Bates, a Santa Cruz County native, played one season of varsity baseball at Soquel High before transferring and playing his final three seasons at Archbishop Mitty in San Jose. He earned a scholarship to San Jose State but after one season transferred to N.C. State, where he earned All-America status. He was a third-round draft pick by the Red Sox in 2006.