Baseball: Rodriguez, Espy, Beacom picked


Catcher Steve Rodriguez, infielder Dean Espy and left-hander Mitchell Beacom were selected on the second day of the Major League Baseball first-year player draft Tuesday, bringing UCLA's total to five through 30 rounds.

Rodriguez and Espy were each chosen in the 15th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks and Kansas City Royals, respectively. Beacom was taken in the 20th round by the San Francisco Giants.

Rodriguez, a starter in each of his three years, projects as a valuable, defense-first type of catcher. He threw out 22 of 54 attempted base stealers this past season and hit .215 in three seasons. Espy, who transferred to UCLA from South Mountain Community College (Phoenix) in the summer of 2009, led the Bruins with a .320 average. Beacom was the primary left-handed reliever this past season.