Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Six more Bruins selected in MLB draft
By Peter Yoon
UCLA baseball players Beau Amaral, Tyler Heineman, Scott Griggs, Trevor Brown, Eric Jaffe and Cody Keefer were selected Tuesday during the second day of the Major League Baseball draft.
They joined Jeff Gelalich, taken in the supplemental first round Monday, to give UCLA total of seven players drafted in the first 15 rounds--tied for most in school history.
"We are thrilled to see seven of our players selected in the first 15 rounds," coach John Savage said. "This is both a reflection of their very hard work and our team's success. It's an exciting time in their lives, knowing that they have a chance to begin a pro baseball career. We couldn't be any more proud of their accomplishments."
Amaral, a center fielder, went to the Cincinnati Reds in the seventh round. Heineman, a catcher, and Griggs, the closer, went in the eighth round to the Houston Astros and Dodgers, respectively. The San Francisco Giants used a 10th-round pick on Brown, who has versatility to play any infield position including catcher.
Jaffe, a seldom-used reliever, went to the Chicago White Sox in the 11th round and Keefer, the UCLA left fielder, went to the Miami Marlins in the 15th round.
The draft concludes Wednesday with rounds 16-40.