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Justin Riddell
Justin Riddell
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Justin Riddell
Lexington Catholic
6-0, 215 pounds

A first-team all-state selection and two-time all-city choice at Lexington Catholic High School, Riddell helped the Knights to a state title in 2006 and a national ranking as high as 17th in the Baseball America national poll.

The 6'0 outfielder made an immediate impact for the University of Cincinnati the following season, starting 35 games and playing in 40. He hit .272 with five doubles and 15 RBI as a freshman. That summer, he played for the Delaware Cows in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League, and batted .280 with four homers and 18 RBI. He was also second on the team in slugging for the Cows (.480).

As a sophomore, Riddell played in 54 games (50 starts) and hit .294 with six home runs, 30 runs scored and 11 doubles. He hit three home runs and had four RBI in the Big East/Big Ten Challenge, finishing with a .615 batting average and recognition on the all-tournament team.

His junior year, the Lexington native led the Bearcats in hitting with a .313 average, hitting eight home runs and driving in 29 on the way. He hit .360 in Big East play and, over the final 23 games of the season, batted a scorching .379.

Riddell would continue that hot hitting throughout the summer with the Lexington Hustlers (Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League) in their inaugural season. In 39 games, the outfielder hit a team-best .385, good for third in the league. He led the league in doubles (17) and total bases (89), and was second in slugging percentage (.601) and hits (57), fourth in home runs (5), sixth in RBI (28), and seventh in on-base percentage (.446) and runs scored (28). The DFN Sports Network listed him as one of the top offensive players of the 2010 collegiate summer league season, and he was named to the All-Great Lakes League First Team.

Riddell will be a senior this upcoming season at Cincinnati.


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