Eight UCLA Bruins Taken in MLB Draft

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Junior outfielder Ty Moore was taken in the twelfth round by the Pirates. Moore’s excellent plate discipline, natural talent, and pretty swing wowed scouts.

Senior pitcher Grant Watson was drafted in the 16th round by the San Francisco Giants. The Giants organization clearly has a knack for developing young pitching talent, and Watson is in good hands. I promise I’m only a little bit biased, as I choose which of my three World Series Champion Tervis Tumblers to drink from as I write this. (2010? No, let’s go with 2014 today…)

Senior third baseman Chris Keck was drafted in the 18th round by the Colorado Rockies. Keck’s stellar defense and offensive production give him an excellent chance to succeed at the next level.

Sophomore pitcher Tucker Forbes was drafted in the 30th round by the Giants. Forbes was eligible to be drafted because he was a redshirt, which also gives him two remaining years of eligibility. Additionally, Forbes was ranked by Baseball America as the 265th best prospect, much higher than his 906th draft slot. As such, he may cost the Giants more than the average 30th rounder, and thus has a decent chance of not signing but returning to UCLA next season.

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