Eight UCLA Bruins Taken in MLB Draft

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Ty Moore celebrates during UCLA’s Sunday night victory against Maryland. Credit: Katie Meyers via UCLA Baseball Official Twitter @UCLABaseball

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Major League Baseball held its amateur draft this week, and the UCLA Bruins had eight players selected, good for second most in the conference behind Arizona State, who had nine.  Through his eleven seasons as head coach, John Savage has produced 77 draft selections, 29 of which went in the first ten rounds. All time, UCLA has 259 MLB draft selections.

Unlike with the NBA and the NFL, you can be drafted by the MLB but return to school (provided you have eligibility remaining) if you don’t sign before August 15. This gives juniors and high schoolers added leverage in contract negotiations. The further down in the draft we go, the more potential there is that juniors may choose to return to school in hopes of boosting their draft stock.

Click through for notes on each of the 2015 draftees.

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