- Blair Angulo, Reporter, WeAreSC.com
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UCLA head coach John Savage announced Thursday the additions of Jacob Ehret (San Dimas, Calif./San Dimas), Justin Hazard (Tustin, Calif./Beckman) and Grant Watson (Bakersfield, Calif./Centennial) to the 2011-12 recruiting class.
Ehret, a right-handed pitcher, was selected in the 37th round by the Florida Marlins in the Major League Baseball first-year player draft Wednesday. Hazard, a catcher, batted .402 this spring in leading Beckman to a CIF-Southern Section title at Dodger Stadium. Watson, a left-handed pitcher, went 9-1 with a 2.02 ERA this past season.
“Jacob is a projection guy who has really good stuff and will be able to pitch right away in our program,” Savage said in a statement. “He has tremendous upside in regards to his abilities.
"Grant is a pitcher who has been very competitive over his career at Centennial High School,” Savage continued. “He is as left-handed strike thrower who will be an immediate help to our pitching staff.”
The late additions might be an indication that Savage anticipates the loss of signees. In all, nine Bruins and four potential incomers -- Joe Ross (25th overall, San Diego), Tyler Goeddel (41st overall, Tampa Bay), Austin Hedges (second round, San Diego Padres) and Kevin Kramer (25th round, Cleveland) -- were picked in the draft.