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Kellen Robert Kulbacki (born November 21, 1985) is an American former professional baseball player who won numerous awards and honors during his college career. He was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the first round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft. Career[edit] Kulbacki was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and attended Hershey High School in Hershey, Pennsylvania. In his senior year at high school, he was named the Keystone Division Player of the Year. He then attended James Madison University from 2005 to 2007, hitting .343/.392/.552 his first campaign. That year, he was named to the Colonial Athletic Association All-Rookie team and earned the Kevin Nehring Rookie of the Year Award. Later, with the Herndon Braves in the Clark Griffith League, he won MVP honors. His sophomore year, he hit .464/.568/.943 with 24 home runs,[1] 75 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 53 games to co-earn Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's College Baseball Player of the Year honor, alongside Wes Roemer. He earned many other honors that season, including VaSID State Player of the Year, CAA Player of the Year and All-CAA first team, NCBWA District IV Player of the Year and ABCA All-East and VaSID All-State first team. The following organizations named him first-team All-American: Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, Baseball America, the American Baseball Coaches Association, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, the College Baseball Foundation and Rivals.com.[2] He was a finalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and the Brooks Wallace Award. Later in the summer, he played for the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod League.[3] He returned to James Madison University for 2007 to hit .398/.538/.785 with 19 home runs and 49 RBI. He again earned numerous honors, including first-team All-American selections by Baseball America, Rivals.com, Ping!Baseball, and the NCBWA.[4] Kulbacki was taken as the 40th overall selection in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft by the San Diego Padres. The signing scout was Ash Lawson. He was immediately successful -- he hit .301/.382/.491 in 61 games for the Eugene Emeralds his first professional season to earn Baseball America Short-Season All-Star honors, as well as a Northwest League Player of the Week selection. In 2008, Kulbacki hit .332/.428/.589 with 20 home runs and 66 RBI in 84 games for the Lake Elsinore Storm. He also batted .164 in 18 games for the Fort Wayne Wizards to bring his season totals to .304/.400/.540 with 22 home runs and 75 RBI. He earned a California League Player of the Week honor, a Post-Season All-Star selection and a Baseball America High Class-A All-Star selection.[5] Going into 2009, he was named the fourth-best prospect in the Padres system by Baseball America and the 89th-best prospect in the game by Baseball Prospectus. Injuries befell him toward the end of the 2008 campaign and hampered him for the rest of his career.[6][7] He was officially released by the Padres prior to the 2011 campaign and joined the independent leagues for 2011 and 2012. 2012 was his final campaign - overall, he hit .273 with 32 home runs and 137 RBI in 238 games. References[edit]

^ College athletes look for mental edge ^ Kulbacki Looks to Thrive Despite Less Protection ^ The Baseball Cube ^ List of accomplishments ^ MiLB.com ^ Kellen Kulbacki continues his road back from injury ^ Padres' Kulbacki working through injuries

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Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors) Triple Crown candidate focuses on postseason James Madison's Kulbacki slugging his way to another big season

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Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year Award

1984: McDowell 1985: Incaviglia 1986: Swindell 1987: Robinson & Ventura 1988: Benes 1989: Bryant & McDonald 1990: Kelly 1991: Jones 1992: Peever 1993: Kieschnick 1994: Jackson 1995: Helton & Kotsay 1996: Benson 1997: Drew 1998: Mench 1999: Jennings 2000: Bouknight 2001: Prior 2002: Greene 2003: Weeks 2004: Weaver 2005: Robinson 2006: Kulbacki & Roemer 2007: Price & Thomas 2008: Posey 2009: Strasburg 2010: Sale 2011: Bauer 2012: Petree 2013: Bryant 2014: Reed 2015: Benintendi 2016: Lauer 2017: McKay & Rooker

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2006 College Baseball All-America Team consensus selections

P Eddie Degerman P Brad Lincoln P Andrew Miller P Wes Roemer RP Don Czyz C None 1B Matt LaPorta

2B None 3B None SS None O Kellen Kulbacki O Cole Gillespie DH None U None

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2007 Major League Baseball Draft First Round Selections

David Price Mike Moustakas Josh Vitters Daniel Moskos Matt Wieters Ross Detwiler Matt LaPorta Casey Weathers Jarrod Parker Madison Bumgarner Phillippe Aumont Matt Dominguez Beau Mills Jason Heyward Devin Mesoraco Kevin Ahrens Blake Beavan Pete Kozma Joe Savery Chris Withrow J. P. Arencibia Tim Alderson Nick Schmidt Michael Main Aaron Poreda James Simmons Rick Porcello Ben Revere Wendell Fairley Andrew Brackman Josh Smoker Nick Noonan Jon Gilmore Todd Frazier Julio Borbón Clayton Mortensen Travis d'Arnaud Brett Cecil James Adkins Kellen Kulbacki Sean Doolittle Eddie Kunz Jackson Williams Neil Ramirez Justin Jackson Drew Cumberland Nathan Vineyard Josh Donaldson Michael Burgess Wes Roemer Charlie Culberson Matt Mangini Kyle Lotzkar Tommy Hunter Nick Hagadone Trystan Magnuson Mitch Canham Jonathan Bachanov Corey Brown Brandon Hamilton Ed Easley Ryan Dent Cory Luebke Danny Payne

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San Diego Padres first-round draft picks

1969: Elliott 1970: Ivie 1971: Franklin 1972: Roberts 1973: Winfield 1974: Almon 1975: Lentz 1976: Owchinko 1977: Greer 1978: Hawkins 1979: Lansford, Geren 1980: Pyburn 1981: McReynolds, Castro 1982: Jones 1983: Hayward 1984: Mack, Green 1985: Cora 1986: Howard 1987: Garner 1988: Benes 1989: None 1990: Beckett, Sanders 1991: Hamilton, Anthony 1992: None 1993: Lee 1994: Hermanson 1995: Davis 1996: Halloran 1997: Nicholson 1998: Burroughs 1999: Faison, Baxter, Ortiz, Burns, Bynum, Trzesniak 2000: Phillips 2001: Gautreau 2002: Greene 2003: Stauffer 2004: Bush 2005: Carrillo, Ramos 2006: Antonelli, Burke 2007: Schmidt, Kulbacki, Cumberland, Canham, Luebke, Payne 2008: Dykstra, Decker, Forsythe 2009: Tate 2010: Whitson 2011: Spangenberg, Ross, Kelly, Austin, Peterson 2012: Fried, Eflin, Jankowski, Weickel 2013: Renfroe 2014: Turner 2015: None 2016: Quantrill, Sanchez

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