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Buchanan outfielder Corbin Ybarra commits to Washington State

Buchanan outfielder Corbin Ybarra announced his commitment to Washington State on Thursday afternoon. (Photo by Austin Kemp)

Eight. 

In case you were wondering, that’s the number of D1 college commitments (so far) that the Buchanan baseball program will boast heading into the 2021 season.

Outfielder Corbin Ybarra became the latest Bear to verbally commit as the junior announced on Thursday that he would be pledging his talents to Washington State University.

This decision comes after a 2020 campaign which saw Ybarra start a number of games at the varsity level, as a sophomore, before the eventual cancellation of the season.

“I’m pumped I ended up choosing Washington State,” Ybarra expressed. “The process was long, but by being patient I knew that God was going to lead me in the right direction. Coach [Brian] Green, [Terry] Davis and [Anthony] Claggett came in to turn the program around and get it going in the right direction. I’m excited about how they are going to help me grow as not only a player, but as a person as well.”

At 6’4 185 pounds, Ybarra has been on the radar of college coaches for awhile now—dating back to when he was a freshman in high school. Not only does he play at one of the top high school program’s in the state, but he’s very active with travel ball in the late summer months which has helped him gain even more exposure—something that was hard to come by during this pandemic.

“I’ve been in the recruiting process for quite some time now. I actually didn’t come in contact with Wazzu until mid-July,” Ybarra said. “I was playing a game in Louisiana and they gave me a call out of nowhere. We had a great discussion in the hotel room and they gave me a great offer right then.”

Ybarra knew scheduling a visit would be difficult in this climate, but it was also a must before he pulled the trigger to become a Cougar. 

“I wasn’t able to get up there and check out the campus until early September,” Ybarra explained. “The whole day walking around campus and checking out the baseball field was awesome. I’ve always enjoyed playing on a turf field so I was super stoked about that. Their new multimillion dollar clubhouse wasn’t quite finished, but I’m excited to see how it looks when it’s complete.”

Between the lines, Ybarra has all the tools you’d want, both at the plate and in the outfield. He’s got big time power from the right side of the batter’s box along with a huge arm that he displays in right field.

“What mainly goes through my head at the plate is just to always be on time and be loose,” Ybarra said. “I’m strong enough to hit the ball anywhere around the yard, so it’s key to not get too big [on the swing] and just let the pitcher provide the power and then roll with it.”

Ybarra understands that the current situation at Buchanan will put a target on their back heading into the season, but also admits that there’s always a target when you play for the Bears. He also understands that this is something to embrace because he’s been playing with many of his teammates for years and knows it’s a special group.

“If we had zero commits we would still have a big target on our back because we are Buchanan and everybody out there always want to beat us,” Ybarra said. “Last year our team was very young and we came out and showed that it didn’t matter. This is going to be a great season. A lot of us have gotten so much better in many aspects of the game. Last year we were on a roll, then the season got shut down right as we were going to start TRAC play. A lot of us are ready to compete and play under the lights again.”

The PAC-12 bound outfielder also wanted to thank his parents for everything they’ve helped him with along the way.

“I just want to give a huge shoutout to my parents and thank them both for all that they have done and sticking right next to me through all of this. Without them I wouldn’t have had the chance to do any of this at all.”

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