After a big first two days of the MLB Draft, UCLA had another strong showing on the third day, with junior outfielder Ty Moore being drafted in the 12th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates, senior pitcher Grant Watson being drafted in the 16th round by the San Francisco Giants, senior infielder Chris Keck being drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 18th round, and redshirt sophomore pitcher Tucker Forbes being drafted in the 30th round also by the Giants.
The four players join pitcher James Kaprielian (1st round, New York Yankees), infielder Kevin Kramer (2nd round, Pittsburgh Pirates), pitcher Cody Poteet (4th round, Miami Marlins), and pitcher David Berg (6th round, Chicago Cubs).
UCLA has now had 77 MLB Draft selections in 11 seasons under John Savage, including 29 players drafted in the first ten rounds.
UCLA commits Justin Hooper, Kyle Molnar, and Michael Benson were all drafted between the 25th and 34th rounds of the Draft, but given their draft position, it's expected that all three will end up at UCLA.
Through the Savage era, UCLA has now earned a reputation for producing Major League talent, particularly on the mound. UCLA was the No. 1 overall seed in this year's NCAA Tournament, but an unfortunate injury to Sunday starter Griffin Canning and a tough draw in the NCAA Regional saw the Bruins eliminated before the first weekend was over.
Even with the early departue from the NCAA Tournament, UCLA baseball has never been on better footing as a program. The Bruins are two years removed from their first College World Series Championship, and the foundation of the program is there for UCLA to be one of the perennial top-tier programs in the country.
Four More Bruins Selected in MLB Draft
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