The Owls rallied to down the Aggies 5-4 in College Station on April 17.
Wayne Graham said --"Michael is a tremendous athlete with great skills. The sky's the limit on his potential, and we think he will reach his potential. A big year for Mike could mean a big year for us."
Rice -- 2012: Conference USA Academic Honor Roll; All-Silver Glove Series team for his play in the annual season-long series against crosstown rival Houston; Finished fifth on the team in games started (54)... Played in 56 games overall... All 54 starts were in left field, his first year to play the position after spending the first two years in the infield... The change of positions was successful enough that his 54 starts in left were the most by an Owl at that position in a single season in five years... In addition to using defensive range and athleticism to help save runs, he threw-out four opposing base-runners at home plate in games against Lamar, UAB and Southern Miss (twice)... Led the team, and finished third in Conference USA, with 42 walks... Finished second on the team in doubles (13) and tied for second in runs scored (39) and stolen bases (6)... Usual places in the batting order were fifth or sixth (19 times combined), but also hit in the top three spots a total of 18 times... Collected two or more hits in a game ten times, including a season-best three hits three different times... Knocked two doubles at home in the series-opening win against UAB... Batted .324 (34-for-105) with the third-best slugging percentage on the team (.533) when playing at Reckling Park... Reached base safely in 11-consecutive games during one stretch, including each of Rice's three games in the NCAA Regional... Maintained a .545 on-base percentage at the Regional on the strength of four walks and two base hits... Twice drew a career-high three walks in a game... Fourth on the team in RBI (32)... Drove-in three runs in a game five different times, tied for the most 3+ RBI games by an Owl all season... Pinch-hit for the first time in his career in the finale of the FIU series (where he drew a walk)... Appeared as a defensive substitute in left field at nationally-ranked Texas A&M... 2011: All-South Central Region (ABCA, second team); All C-USA (first team); Houston College Classic All-Tournament Team; Most Outstanding Player of the Silver Glove Series; One of only three Owls to start all 63 games... Started 58 games at second base, three at third, and two as the designated hitter... Usually batted fourth in the lineup (31 times), but also batted leadoff six times and the Owls were undefeated in those six games... Led the team, and finished third in Conference USA, in both RBI (53) and total bases (125)... Tied for the Owl lead, and tied for third in the conference, with 20 doubles... Finished third on the team, and fifth in C-USA, in total plate appearances (293)... Was second in the league (to teammate J.T. Chargois) with 260 at bats... Shared the team lead in batting average (.327) and home runs (6), and tied for second in steals (6)... Batted .220 to start the season but worked hard and ultimately shared the team lead in hitting... Tallied a base hit in 30-of-32 games from April 3 until the end of the year... Registered a team-best 19-game hitting streak... Hit an eye-opening .421 (48-of-114) with a .640 slugging percentage and 25 runs scored over the final 25 games... Maintained a .380 average in C-USA league games... Went 6-for-15 (.400) with three doubles in the NCAA Tournament... Batted .374 with runners on base and .351 with men in scoring position, including a team-best .444 average (8-of-18) when the bases were loaded... Hit .333 (17-of-51) against teams that were nationally-ranked when the Owls faced them... Dominated the Silver Glove Series by hitting of .542 (13-of-24) with eight runs scored and eight RBI in five games against the Cougars... Finished with 22 multi-hit games, including three or more hits a team-leading 12 times... Slugged home runs in two different major league stadiums during the regular season, including Minute Maid Park in Houston and AT&T Park in San Francisco... Led the squad with 15 games with two or more RBI, almost twice as many as the next-closest Owl... Twenty-one of 53 RBI were when two outs were already recorded in the inning... Tied a career-high with six RBI in a win over Tulane, the most by a Rice player all year... Also had a homer and a double that day against the Green Wave for a season-best seven total bases... Tied a career-high with four put outs three times... Notched a season-high six defensive assists in a game seven different times... Turned or started 33 of the team's 52 double plays... 2010: Freshman All-America Team (Collegiate Baseball); Conference USA All-Freshman Team; C-USA Academic Honor Roll; All-Silver Glover Series; One of only two Owls (along with Anthony Rendon) to start all 63 games... First time in four years for one player to start every Rice game at second base (Greg Buchanan in 2006)... Finished third on the team with 64 RBI in 63 games played... Was also third on the squad in sacrifice hits (5) and on-base percentage (.425).... Solid on-base percentage was helped by finishing second on the team in walks (46) and leading the Owls in times hit by a pitch (13)... Finished fourth in Conference USA in walks and drew the most free passes of any freshman in the league... Placed fourth on the team in home runs (10), runs scored (60) and sacrifice flies (4)...Batted in six different spots in the order, including 15 times at leadoff and a total of 30 times among the top three spots... Hit .281 for the year, and .323 (20-for-62) when leading off an inning... Batted leadoff on Opening Day and hit a home run in his very first collegiate at bat on the road against nationally-ranked Stanford... Came back and hit a three-run homer in the second game of the Stanford series, and then was walked four times by the Cardinal in his next seven at bats to close out that weekend set... Hit two, three-run homers for a career-high six RBI and eight total bases in the finale of the season-long five-game Silver Glove series against crosstown rival Houston... Tallied eight games with three or more RBI... Drove in two or more runs 17 times, the third-highest total on the team... Hit .300 in the Silver Glove series and led all players with 12 RBI... Went a combined 32-for-86 (.372) when runners were in scoring position... Did some of his best hitting at home at Reckling Park (.310 avg., .479 SLG%) and proved to be a night-Owl with a .324 average in all evening games... Twice maintained a season-long, six-game hitting streak... Collected two or more hits in a game 16 times... Collected a career-high five hits in the series finale against C-USA foe Memphis to tie for the most by any Owl in a game all season... Registered three stolen bases, all of which were in road games at Tulane, UCF and Marshall... Offensive production sometimes overshadowed steady defensive play... Finished fifth in the conference in assists (186) and fielding double plays (51), and those were the highest defensive totals in the league posted by any freshman... Recorded a career-high nine assists in a single game at Marshall, and accomplished that feat in the first eight innings... Played in the California Collegiate League (Santa Barbara) over the summer.
High School -- A 2009 graduate of Memorial High School Houston... Selected by Washington in the 45th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft... Named a 2009 first team Louisville Slugger High School All-America by Collegiate Baseball... Second team All-America selection by Baseball America... Texas High Baseball Coaches Association (THSBCA) Player of the Year as a senior, earning all-state honors and selection to the organization's annual all-star game... First-team All-Greater Houston shortstop by the Houston Chronicle... Area's most valuable player according to Houston 5A Baseball.com... Hit .517 with 12 home runs, ten doubles, 42 RBI, 45 runs scored and 11 steals in 33 games as a senior... Maintained a .616 on-base average and a 1.056 slugging percentage... Slugged 11 homers as a junior in 2008... Helped lead the Mustangs to a 28-5 record, winning the District 18-5A title and advancing to the regional quarterfinals... Named the district's most valuable player... Coached in baseball by Jeremy York... Versatile multi-sport star also earned three varsity letters in football... Three-time all-district defensive back... Outstanding student who maintained a 5.92 grade point average on a 6.0 scale.
Personal -- Full name: Michael Alan Ratteree. Born: Debruary 9, 1991 in Houston. Parents: Alan and Kathy Ratterree of Houston (two brothers). College: Sid Richardson