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- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 195 lb.
Dan Ricabal pitched six seasons in the minors, reaching AA, then became a coach.
The Seattle Mariners took Ricabal in the 70th round of the 1990 amateur draft. He did not sign with them, then went 10-1 for Cerritos College in 1992. He transferred to Cal State Fullerton and had a 11-3, 3.48 record in 1993. He improved to 12-1, 2.81 as a senior, a reliable starter for the team that finished third in NCAA Division I. He went 2-0 in the 1994 College World Series, with 3 hits and no earned runs in 11 innings.
Despite having gone 33-5 his last three years of college, he went undrafted. The Los Angeles Dodgers signed him. Sent to the Yakima Bears, he went 5-1 with 12 saves and a 0.31 ERA. He somehow was left off the Northwest League All-Star team. In 1995, Ricabal did okay for the San Bernardino Spirit (4-1, 2 Sv, 3.88). During 1996, Dan played for the Savannah Sand Gnats (2-4, 24 Sv, 2.28, .87 WHIP, 78 K in 55 1/3 IP) and the Vero Beach Dodgers (0-2, Sv, 1.20, 14 H, 36 K in 30 IP). He led Dodgers farmhands in ERA (1.90). In the South Atlantic League finals, Ricabal got a rare start, tossing 8 shutout innings for a game three win; in the nightcap, he saved game four to lock up the title.
Ricabal led Dodgers farmhands with 28 saves in 1997, all of which was spent with Vero Beach (4-5, 4.25). He led the minors and set a Florida State League record with 75 appearances; he was one shy of the lead in saves. He won FSL All-Star honors. In 1998, the right-hander struggled with the San Antonio Missions (2-9, 15 Sv, 6.12, 40 BB In 78 IP). He ended his career in the San Francisco Giants system in 1999, appearing for the San Jose Giants (1-0, Sv, 4.91 in 7 G) and Shreveport Captains (2-0, 4.91 in 8 G). Overall, he was 20-22 with 83 saves and a 3.75 ERA in 267 minor league games (only two regular-season starts).
Ricabal was pitching coach for the 2000 College of the Canyons. From 2003-2005, he was pitching coach for the University of California-Santa Barbara. Returning to the pro ranks, he was pitching coach for the 2006 AZL Angels, 2008-2010 Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, and 2011 Inland Empire 66ers.
Sources include UCSB bio, various Baseball Almanacs