Four Bruins selected in Day 3 of MLB Draft

Four more UCLA players went off the MLB Draft board on Saturday: infielder Luke Persico (352nd pick, 12 round, Oakland Athletics), outfielders Eric Filia (587th pick, 20th round, Seattle Mariners), Kort Peterson (703rd pick, 23rd round, Kansas City Royals) and Christoph Bono (1,115th pock, 37th round, San Francisco Giants).

Combined with pitcher Grant Dyer, who went in the eighth round on Friday, UCLA had five players selected in the 2016 MLB Draft along with four commits from the incoming freshman class. Three commits went on the first day, and Michael Toglia was selected on Saturday as the 1,040th pick in the 35th round by the Colorado Rockies.

Persico and Peterson are both juniors, while Filia and Bono just finished their UCLA baseball careers.  Continue reading

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Year in review: ‘Bruin Magic’ carries softball to Women’s College World Series

Note: As the school year winds down, we’ll spend time looking back on some of the most memorable moments of the 2015-16 season for UCLA athletics.

May 29, 2016: Softball stuns Oregon to advance to Women’s College World Series

UCLA players and team members gather around home plate as the team celebrates the tying run in the bottom of the seventh inning to force extra innings against Oregon in the first game of the day in the NCAA softball tournament super regional Sunday, May 29, 2016, in Eugene, Ore. (Collin Andrew/The Register-Guard via AP)

UCLA players and team members gather around home plate as the team celebrates the tying run in the bottom of the seventh inning to force extra innings against Oregon in the first game of the day in the NCAA softball tournament super regional Sunday, May 29, 2016, in Eugene, Ore. (Collin Andrew/The Register-Guard via AP)

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UCLA pitcher Grant Dyer selected in eighth round of MLB Draft

Grant Dyer was the first UCLA player drafted in the 2016 MLB Draft, going 227th overall to the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday. The junior went 4-4 with a 4.50 ERA in 13 starts this past year.

Dyer was the third player with UCLA ties drafted by the Phillies in the first two days of the draft. The Phillies selected two UCLA commits on Thursday: Mickey Moniak (first pick, first round) and Kevin Gowdy (42nd pick, second round).

Blake Rutherford, another UCLA commit, was drafted by the Yankees on Thursday with the 18th pick in the first round.

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Athlon Sports predicts UCLA will win Pac-12 South

Wide receiver Alex Van Dyke makes a fingertip catch at practice. Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze

Wide receiver Alex Van Dyke makes a fingertip catch at practice. Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze

As the long football-less summer continues, many magazines are rolling out their preview coverage to pass the time.

In Athlon Sports’ Pac-12 preview, the magazine is high on UCLA, projecting the Bruins to win the Pac-12 South with a 7-2 record.

In its full UCLA preview, Athlon Sports named a favorable Pac-12 schedule (i.e. UCLA won’t play Oregon nor Washington this season), 12 returning starters and Josh Rosen as reasons why the Bruins are the team to beat in the Pac-12 South.

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Three UCLA commits picked in Day 1 of MLB Draft

Coming off a disappointing 25-31 year, the UCLA baseball team could be losing out on a lot of talent in its incoming freshman class.

Three UCLA commits were selected in the first day of the MLB Draft on Thursday, including outfielder Mickey Moniak, who went as the No. 1 overall pick to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Along with the La Costa Canyon High outfielder, Chaminade Prep outfielder Blake Rutherford went 18th overall to the Yankees.

Santa Barbara High pitcher Kevin Gowdy went off the board in the second round to the Phillies with the 42nd overall pick.

The trio of commits played for the U.S. U18 national team in the World Cup, winning a gold medal in Japan.

The MLB Draft continues Friday and Saturday.

The Daily News prep writers have a behind-the-scenes look at Rutherford’s draft moment when he hears his name called:

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