Kainoa Obrey Athlete Profile

#32 Kainoa Obrey

Kainoa Obrey
Position: Third Base Height: 6-3 Weight: 225 Roster Years: 2000-2003 Hometown: Honolulu, HI Last School: Iolani High School

Personal

Parents are John Obrey and Iwalani Dayton ... Obrey's first name could have several translations in Hawai'ian, but the one he says his family chose means "easy to get along with." Obrey is of Hawai'ian-Portuguese-Japanese-Chinese-Korean decent ... his name is pronounced k-IGH-noh-uh OH-bree ... played in summer 2001 for the Newport Gulls in the New England Collegiate Baseball League and was selected as the league's 10th Player Award winner given to the athlete who contributed most while not playing a regular position the majority of the season ... also selected to the NECBL all-star team and ranked second on his team with 30 RBI, tied for third with 10 doubles, tied for first with 17 extra base hits, and was also selected to the All-American Division and All-League teams ... had two grand slams ... finished second in RBIs and was solid defensively at third and first base ... listed eighth under the New England Collegiate Top 10 Prospects.

At BYU

JUNIOR: Drafted in the 11th round (318th pick) by the Kansas City Royals ... brought a current 12-game hitting streak into this season, but it ended at 13 games ... hoping for a medical hardship because of a back problem ... last played in the final game at the University of Hawai`i ... belted a three-run homer in the 14th inning to give BYU a 10-7 victory over UC Irvine, the first victory of the season for BYU ... named to Collegiate Baseball's pre-season All-America, third team ... selected co-captain for BYU. SOPHOMORE:Leading hitter on the team in 2001 at .381 from the cleanup spot ... hit 13 homers and led the team with 20 doubles and 31 walks ... First-team All-Mountain West Conference in 2001 ... nominated four times for MWC Player of the Week ... had a 13-game hitting streak mid-season in 2001 ... in the final game at New Mexico, he belted a two-run homer to left field in the teeth of the wind in the second inning of the 8-3 victory ... in an 11-5 victory in game two of the UNM series in Provo he hit a change up for a grand slam home run off his Hawai'i prep teammate Marvin Wong in the sixth inning and was four-of-four in that game. FRESHMAN: Honorable mention freshman All-America in 2000 by Baseball Magazine ... had an eight-game hitting streak in March ... started 51 of the 54 games he played, mainly at third base ... had 65 hits, including 13 doubles and a team-high nine homers ... batted .342 overall and .327 in the league ... his solo homer in the 11th inning gave BYU a 7-6 victory at San Diego State ... hit a pair of homers in an 11-9 loss to UNLV at Provo.

Before BYU

Prepped at Iolani High ... Gatorade State Player of the Year as a junior ... all-league and all-state ... team was ranked sixth in the nation in 1997 ... helped win two straight state championships ... was coached by Dean Yonamine ... was the 1999 American Legion State Tournament MVP and won the batting title ... played three years of varsity volleyball.

Stats

Year    Avg.   G-GS    AB    R    H   2B   3B   HR   RBI    TB   BB   SO
2000 .342 54-51 190 37 65 13 0 9 45 105 23 37
2001 .381 59-59 226 48 86 20 0 13 56 145 31 58
2002 .242 10-10 33 5 8 5 0 1 8 16 3 11
2003 .362 53-53 199 50 72 24 0 11 65 129 22 41



2000 | Freshman Year

Honorable mention freshman All-America in 2000 by Collegiate Baseball Magazine ... had an eight-game hitting streak in March ... started 51 of the 54 games he played, mainly at third base ... had 65 hits, including 13 doubles and a team-high nine homers ... batted .342 overall and .327 in the league ... his solo homer in the 11th inning gave BYU a 7-6 victory at San Diego State ... hit a pair of homers in an 11-9 loss to UNLV at Provo.

2001 | Sophomore Year

Leading hitter on the team in 2001 at .381 from the cleanup spot ... hit 13 homers and led the team with 20 doubles and 31 walks ... First-team All-Mountain West Conference in 2001 ... nominated four times for MWC Player of the Week ... had a 13-game hitting streak mid-season in 2001 ... in the final game at New Mexico, he belted a two-run homer to left field in the teeth of the wind in the second inning of the 8-3 victory ... in an 11-5 victory in game two of the UNM series in Provo he hit a change up for a grand slam home run off his Hawai'i prep teammate Marvin Wong in the sixth inning and was four-of-four in that game.

2002 | Junior Year

Drafted in the 11th round (318th pick) by the Kansas City Royals in his redshirt season ... brought a current 12-game hitting streak into this season, but it ended at 13 games ... received a medical hardship due to a back problem ... last played in the final game at the University of Hawai`i ... belted a three-run homer in the 14th inning to give BYU a 10-7 victory over UC Irvine, the first victory of the season for BYU ... named to Collegiate Baseball's pre-season All-America, third team ... selected co-captain for BYU.

2003 | Senior Year

Elected a tri-captain going into his fourth season with the Cougars, but he was a junior again because of a redshirt in 2002 ... in 2003 he was drafted as the 28th pick in the 13th round by the St. Louis Cardinals as the 395th player taken in the draft ... set a new MWC games only record with 40 RBI ... ranked among the NCAA leaders in doubles ... led the team with 20 multiple RBI games ... in the opening round of the MWC Tourney he took UNM's James Vermilyea to a full count and then belted a two-out, 405-foot homer to left center at Isotopes Park .... smashed a first-inning homer in game two of a seven-inning victory over New Mexico in Provo ... his 5-U-3 double play in the ninth inning of the first game with UNM prevented Dusty Young from coming to bat to extend a 39-game hitting streak ... on that play he fielded a high bouncer, reached out to tag the runner coming from second, then pirouetted to throw out the runner at first ... his towering homer tied the game against San Diego State, leading to a 5-4 victory in Provo.