2013: Named Third Team All-BIG EAST while hitting .283 with two home runs, 34 RBI, 52 runs scored, 26 walks and nine stolen bases. Ranked as the toughest player in the nation to strikeout as a senior doing so just once every 26.7 at-bats. Despite just two seasons as a Cardinal, ranks third in school history in career HBPs with 46. Named to Louisville Regional All-Tournament Team after hitting .364 with two doubles and six RBI. Finished 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs in title game win over Oklahoma State. Had key three-run double to help Louisville to regional win over Miami. Went 2-for-5 with a run scored against UConn in BIG EAST Championship. Was 2-for-4 with three RBI in game two win over Pittsburgh after opening series with two hits a night earlier. Singled, had a stolen base and scored once to go along with three RBI in series-opening win at Villanova. Hit safely in all three games of the Cardinals' sweep at Villanova. Singled, walked, added an RBI and scored once in April 30 win over WKU. Closed Cardinals' sweep of Georgetown going 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a stolen base on April 28. Hit safely in all three games at St. John's on April 19-21. Was 7-for-14 with four RBI and four runs scored in series sweep at Cincinnati on April 5-7. Finished 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run in finale with Bearcats. Opened series with season-high four hits to go with two RBI and two runs against UC. Connected for two hits in fifth straight game going 2-for-3 with his second home run and a triple in March 20 win over USC. Was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored in March 19 win over Trojans. Had two hits in each of the Cardinals' three wins over Xavier on March 15-16. Belted first career home run as a Cardinal with his eighth inning grand slam in March 16 doubleheader opening win. Singled twice and scored once in win over Alabama on March 10. Also singled twice, scored one, had one RBI and walked once in series-opening win over Crimson Tide. Had season-high three hits and added an RBI in series finale against Kent State on March 3. Scored three times, had a triple, a stolen base and an RBI in March 2 win over Golden Flashes. Opened KSU series going 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Singled, walked, stole a base and scored twice in 13-4 win over Morehead State. Was 2-for-5 with a triple, a stolen base and two runs scored in series-opening win over Akron on Feb. 22. Had seventh inning RBI double against EKU on Feb. 20. Had a hit in each of the Cardinals' first three games at BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge. Was 2-for-6 with two runs and a stolen base in win over USF.
Summer 2012: Hit .329 with 38 runs scored, 22 RBI, 22 walks, nine stolen bases, 11 doubles, one home run and a triple in 43 games for the Mankato MoonDogs in the Northwoods League.
2012: Earned Third Team All-BIG EAST honors. Hit .343 with team-leading 64 runs scored, 25 RBI, 11 doubles and 28 HBPs (second most in school history) while starting all 63 games. Ranked fifth in the nation in HBPs, 18th in runs and was the third toughest nationally to strikeout (1 per 27.2 at-bats). Named to Tucson Regional All-Tournament team after hitting .529 with six runs scored and three HBPs in four games. Had two hits, an RBI and a run scored in series-clinching win at Pittsburgh on May 19. Singled, walked, was hit by a pitch and scored twice in series-opening win over St. John's on May 11. Finished with five hits, four RBI and two runs in series win at WVU. Had pivotal two-run single to give Cards' the lead for good in May 6 at WVU. Finished 2-for-4 with three RBI in the May 6 win. Was 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in opener at WVU. Went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs in series finale against UConn on April 29. Doubled, walked and scored twice in win over No. 1 UK on April 24. Had two singles, a walk and scored twice in series-opening win at USF on April 20. Reached base with a single, a walk and an HBP to go with two RBI and a run scored in April 17 win at Indiana. Singled, doubled and scored three runs in win over No. 1 Kentucky on April 10. Went 2-for-4 with an RBI, a run and two HBPs in April 6 win at Georgetown. Was 2-for-3 with two runs in series-clinching win over Villanova on April 1. Reached base safely in each of the Cardinals' first 23 games this season before having his streak ended on March 25. Also had career-best 14-game hitting streak stopped on March 25. Went career-best 5-for-5 with four runs scored in win over Ohio State on March 20. Was 2-for-4 with three runs scored in March 17 win over Ball State. Went 3-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored in March 16 win over BSU. Matched a career-high with four hits and scored once in win over No. 12 Ole Miss on March 13. Was 7-for-11 with four runs scored, four RBI and two walks in Cards' three games at Alabama Classic. Finished with first career triple, two walks and scored twice against East Carolina. Had two hits, an RBI and scored once at Alabama on March 10. Went 4-for-5 with career best three RBI and scored once in March 9 win over Oral Roberts. Was 3-for-4 with a run scored in series-clinching win over Pepperdine on March 4. Had his seven-game hitting streak halted after going 0-for-4 in game one of Cards' doubleheader with Waves. Extended hitting streak with a third inning single against EIU on Feb. 28. Finished with two hits in each of the final two games of the series sweep of Oakland. Scored twice and earned first stolen base in finale with OU on Feb. 26. Had .571 on-base percentage in season-opening Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge finishing with two hits, three walks and three HBPs. Had an RBI and scored a run in win over Michigan State.
Before U of L: Played two seasons at Gulf Coast Community College (Fla.) where he was a two-time First Team All-Panhandle Conference selection. In 2011, he was named Panhandle Conference Defensive Player of the Year while hitting .329 with three home runs, 43 RBI, 15 doubles, five triples, 11 stolen bases, 42 runs scored and 19 walks. In his first season, he hit .342 with 13 home runs, 10 doubles, 41 RBI and 45 runs scored as Gulf Coast finished 41-12 while winning a conference title.
High School: Played three varsity seasons for coach Jared Voss at Joliet Catholic Academy where he earned All-State, All-Conference and All-Area honors. As a senior, he was selected as the 3A Player of the Year for the state of Illinois after hitting .479 with six home runs and 36 RBI while leading Joliet to the 2009 state title. As a junior, he hit .491 with two home runs, 55 RBI and 12 stolen bases after hitting .405 with a home run as a sophomore. Also was a two-year letterwinner in football as a defensive back. Earned All-Conference and All-Area honors on the football field and was a contributor to Joliet's 2007 state title on the gridiron.
Personal: Born on Nov. 11, 1990 in Joliet, Ill. Son of Greg and Diane Ratajczak. Has one brother, Brett, who played four years of baseball at St. Xavier University in Chicago, Ill. Majoring in sport administration at U of L. Biggest thrills in sports include winning high school state football title as a junior, high school state baseball title as a senior and winning junior college conference title in first year at Gulf Coast. After college, he plans to play baseball professionally as long as he can before working in pro baseball away from the field after his playing career is over. His family has provided the greatest influence on his career by giving him all the opportunities and confidence he needed to succeed. Hobbies and outside interests include going to the beach, playing beach volleyball and fishing. Favorite movies are Shooter, For the Love of the Game and Four Brothers. Favorite TV shows include Entourage, Dexter, Seinfeld, King of Queens and Jersey Shore. Favorite athletes are Dustin Pedroia, Josh Hamilton, Chase Utley and Derek Jeter. Favorite foods include Italian, seafood and country style barbecue. Favorite teams include Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears, Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Red Sox. Enjoys listening to just about every kind of music. Something many people may not know about him is that he loves hockey.