Decision time for UCLA baseball players after MLB draft

How did the 2017 Major League Baseball draft effect the 2018 UCLA baseball team? It’s certainly more complicated than adding up the number of players who were drafted.

Of the six UCLA players drafted over the last three days, three are guaranteed to leave and the other three are faced with decisions, some easier than others.

Of the six players from UCLA’s incoming recruiting class who were drafted, three were selected in the first six rounds, meaning they would be passing up some hefty signing bonuses were they to attend UCLA. A third was drafted in the 14th round, a fairly unpredictable range of the draft when it comes to signability. The final two were taken in the last two rounds of the draft, making it likely that at least they will attend UCLA.

Three of the current UCLA players drafted have already exhausted their college eligibility. Pitchers Scott Burke (Orioles, 20th round) and Moises Ceja (Rockies, 32nd round) and outfielder Brett Stephens (Rockies, 28th round) have no decisions to make.

Junior pitcher Griffin Canning, the Bruins’ No. 1 starter last season, was the Angels’ second-round pick, No. 47 overall. Were he to return to UCLA, he would be leaving behind an estimated signing bonus of $1.4 million. It’s fairly safe to say he’s not coming back. Continue reading “Decision time for UCLA baseball players after MLB draft” »

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MLB Draft: UCLA’s Sean Bouchard goes in ninth round

First baseman Sean Bouchard was drafted in the ninth round of the MLB Draft on Tuesday by the Colorado Rockies. (Photo courtesy Katie Meyers/UCLA Athletics)

After his best year as a Bruin, first baseman Sean Bouchard was drafted in the ninth round of the MLB Draft on Tuesday.

The junior from San Diego was the only player to start all 57 games for the Bruins this season, while he led the team in runs (39) and RBIs (43). His .306 batting average was second and he earned his first All-Pac-12 honor this season.

UCLA signee Jeremiah Estrada went in the sixth round (195th overall) to the Chicago Cubs. The right-handed pitcher is the third player in UCLA’s 2017 recruiting class to be drafted in the first two days.

More from the second day of the MLB Draft. 

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Grad transfer Sunny Odogwu officially signs with UCLA football

Four days after Miami grad transfer Sunny Odogwu announced on Twitter that he was coming to UCLA, the school made it official.

UCLA announced the signing of the 6-foot-8, 317-pound tackle Tuesday, adding Odogwu to an offensive line in need of immediate help. Schools must wait until all admission and compliance standards are met and verified before publicly announcing player signings.

Odogwu was a starter at Miami, but suffered season-ending injuries in back-to-back years. He missed the end of the 2015 season after knee surgery then suffered a broken leg during 2016. He started 14 games for the Hurricanes.

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Griffin Canning, two UCLA signees taken in MLB Draft

Pitcher Griffin Canning became the sixth pitcher in UCLA history to record 300 career strikeouts on Friday, but the Bruins lost 3-2 to Texas in the first round of the NCAA Long Beach Regional. (Photo by Don Liebig/UCLA Athletics)

Although he was projected to be a first-round pick, UCLA right-hander Griffin Canning had to wait nearly four hours before hearing his name called in Monday’s MLB Draft. When the moment came, Canning became a Los Angeles Angel.

The UCLA junior gets to stay with his hometown team as the 47th overall pick in this year’s draft. The All-Pac-12 selection from Santa Margarita High may have dropped due to injury concerns, MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo reported.

Two UCLA signees, Hunter Greene and Hagen Danner, were also drafted Monday. Greene was the No. 2 overall selection to the Cincinnati Reds. Danner, a right-handed pitcher and catcher, went 61st overall.

MORE ABOUT THE FIRST DAY OF THE MLB DRAFT

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Griffin Canning primed to be first-round pick in MLB draft

After three years at UCLA, Griffin Canning turned himself into a top prospect for the 2017 MLB draft. (Don Liebig/UCLA Athletics)

 

Just a few hours before Griffin Canning is expected to hear his name called in the first round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Monday, he’ll be taking a final exam for a political science class.

Then his long-awaited professional career can start.

The Santa Margarita High product spent three years at UCLA polishing his four-pitch arsenal and racking up 301 career strikeouts. From almost the moment UCLA head coach John Savage saw the 6-foot-2 right-hander, he knew Canning had the potential to be a professional.

“He went out and did it the right way,” Savage said. “He proved it.”

MORE: Canning’s patience, perseverance pushes him toward MLB draft

MLB DRAFT
Schedule:
Monday, June 12 (Rounds 1-2; 4 p.m. PT)
Tuesday, June 13 (Rounds 3-10; 10 a.m. PT)
Wednesday, June 14 (Rounds 11-40; 9 a.m. PT)
Watch: MLB Network (Round 1)
Live Stream: MLB.com (All Rounds)

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