Ben Francisco Drafted By Cleveland Indians

June 4, 2002

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- UCLA junior outfielder Ben Francisco (Anaheim, CA/Servite HS) was selected in the fifth round by the Cleveland Indians in today's Major League Baseball draft. Francisco was drafted by the Indians in the 1999 draft as a senior in high school.

Francisco was one UCLA's top all-around players in 2002 until a broken collarbone cut his season short by five weeks. Despite playing in just 38 of UCLA's 61 games, Francisco tied for the team and conference lead with 20 stolen bases. The outfielder finished with a .368 average, with 11 doubles, six home runs, 37 RBI, 56 hits, and 42 runs. He earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention honors in 2002.

In 2001, Francisco earned All-Pac-10 honors after finishing second in the conference with 20 doubles, and tied for the team lead in stolen bases with 15. He finished the season with a .309 batting average, but hit .350 in conference play.

Rounds 23-50 of the draft will conclude on Wednesday.

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