Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Baseball: Four more players picked
By Blair Angulo
Tyler Rahmatulla, Chris Giovinazzo, Adrian Williams and Brandon Lodge were selected Wednesday in the final day of the Major League Baseball first-year player draft, bringing UCLA's total number to nine in the three days.
Giovinazzo (Los Angeles Angels, 39th round) is the only senior among the group. Rahmatulla (St. Louis Cardinals, 34th round), Williams (Milwaukee Brewers, 45th round) and Lodge (Los Angeles Angels, 47th round) could possibly return to the Bruins to improve their draft position.
Rahmatulla had an underachieving junior campaign, hitting .250 in 18 games while missing the final 40 because of academic ineligibility.
Giovinazzo, one of the team's four captains, was drafted in the 21st round by the Colorado Rockies in 2010.
Williams, a backup infielder in his three years in Westwood, batted .206 in 20 games last season.
Lodge made 18 appearances out of the bullpen in the last two years.