9 Richard Slenker
9 Richard Slenker
Height: 5-11
Weight: 198
Year: So.
Hometown: Pound Ridge, N.Y.
High School: Fox Lane
Position: IF
Major: Undeclared
Bats/Throws: R/R

2015: Started all 38 games for the Bulldogs, with 31 starts at third base...Hit .290 (42-of-145) with team-highs in home runs (2) and doubles (11)...Tied for second on the team with 18 RBI...Third-best slugging percentage on the team at .407...Named College Sports Madness Ivy League Player of the Week on March 17...Selected to the Ivy League Weekly Honor Roll on March 31...12 multi-hit games this season, including two four-hit games against Davidson and Cornell...Went 3-for-5 with a home run, double and two RBI against Towson on March 13...Was 4-for-7 with three RBI against Davidson on March 7...Season-long six-game hitting streak from March 19 to 30...Went 1-for-3 with a solo home run against Brown on April 25.

2014: Started 31 out of 35 game appearances in his first season, mostly at third base...Selected as Second-Team All-Ivy player...Named to the Ivy League Honor Roll for the weeks of April 15 and 22...Led the Ivy League with a .352 batting average (37-of-105)...Recorded a 10-game hitting streak from April 9 to 20...Hit six doubles and knocked in 17 runs, while scoring 10 himself...Led the league in on-base percentage (.414)...Had two hits, four RBI, and one run scored in a doubleheader against Dartmouth on April 13...Three-hit and three-RBI game in a win over Stetson on March 14...Had three hits and an RBI in a win against Brown on April 27.

Off the Field:

  • Co-Founder of a private company
  • President of Safe Rides during high school, a program that offers rides home to teens in need on weekend nights
  • Intern at Bobby Valentine's Sports Academy

Before Yale: A three-year letterwinner at Fox Lane High School, serving as the Foxes’ team captain in his final two seasons ... A three-year varsity starter batting .423 as a sophomore, .457 as a junior and .494 as a senior ... Over his final three years, collected a total of 102 hits, 70 RBIs, and 82 runs scored, with 25 doubles, 11 home runs and 37 walks ... As a senior, collected 40 hits, 40 RBIs and 40 runs scored, with 10 doubles, seven home runs and 13 walks ... Struck out just 16 times in three seasons, with only four strikeouts in his senior season ... Named The LOHUD Journal Newspaper Westchester/Putnam Counties 2013 Player of the Year and was given the 2013 Tony Zimbalatti Coaches Award for Most Valuable Player for Section 1 Lower Hudson Valley New York ... A 2013 New York State Sportwriters Association All-State First Team selection ... Named to the Section 1 All-League team in each of his final three seasons, and the Section 1 All-Section team in his final two seasons ... Played summer baseball with the Bullpen Titans from Effort, Pa., as well as Bobby Valentine’s All-American Team and the Tri-State Arsenal out of Voorhees, N.J. ... Won the 2012 Marine Corps Award for Leadership, Academics and Athletics and the 2013 Diamond 9 Award for outstanding performance in the classroom.