UCLA catcher Shane Zeile was taken in the fifth round of the MLB draft on Friday, becoming the first current Bruin off the board.
The junior went No. 160 overall to the Detroit Tigers after leading UCLA in nearly every hitting category, including a .324 batting average and 28 RBI. A former infielder, the All-Pac-12 selection successfully converted to catcher and started 105 games behind home plate over the last two seasons.
The assigned slot value for the 160th pick is a $293,900 bonus.
Relief pitcher Max Schuh was also drafted Friday, as a seventh-round pick to the Baltimore Orioles at No. 211 overall. In 29 innings pitched, the lefty had a 1.55 ERA — second-best to closer David Berg’s 1.50.
Last year, starting pitcher Nick Vander Tuig and setup man Zack Weiss both left UCLA as sixth-round selections. Shortstop Pat Valaika, the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, left as a ninth-round pick.