UCLA baseball has eight players picked in 2015 MLB Draft

Four more UCLA baseball players were picked today to end the 2015 MLB Draft, making for a total of eight Bruins selected.

Outfielder Ty Moore, left-handed pitcher Grant Watson, infielder Chris Keck and reliever Tucker Forbes were each drafted, with all of but Forbes going by the end of the 18th round.

Here is the total draft haul out of UCLA this year:

RHP James Kaprielian, Jr. — First round, 16th overall, Yankees
SS Kevin Kramer, RJr. — Second round, 62nd overall, Pirates
RHP Cody Poteet, Jr. — Fourth round, 116th overall, Marlins
RHP David Berg, Sr. — Sixth round, 173rd overall, Cubs
OF Ty Moore, Jr. — 12th round, 367th overall, Pirates
LHP Grant Watson, Sr. — 16th round, 486th overall, Giants
INF Chris Keck, Sr. — 18th round, 527th overall, Rockies
RHP Tucker Forbes, RSo. — 30th round, 906th overall, Giants

A number of Bruin signees were also drafted:

LHP Kolby Allard, San Clemente HS — 14th overall, Braves — No. 18
3B Tyler Nevin, Poway HS — 38th overall, Rockies — No. 87
RHP Peter Lambert, San Dimas HS — 44th overall, Rockies — No. 48
C Lucas Herbert, San Clemente HS — 54th overall, Braves — No. 52
LHP Justin Hooper, De La Salle HS — 751st overall, Brewers — No. 39
RHP Kyle Molnar, Aliso Niguel HS — 761st, Cardinals — No. 53
C Michael Benson, Huntington Beach HS — 1007th, Rockies — No. 488

Baseball America draft prospect ranking in italics

That pitchers Justin Hooper and Kyle Molnar fell all the way to the 25th round is a great sign for UCLA. Both were potential high-round picks out of high school, but will likely put off the start of their professional careers until 2018.

Hooper had announced his intention to attend UCLA on Saturday, and teams likely had similar concerns about their ability to sign Molnar. According to Perfect Game’s Brian Sakowski, Hooper may have the highest upside of any left-handed pitcher in this year’s draft.

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