Rashad Parker Drafted By New York Mets

June 5, 2002

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - UCLA senior centerfielder Rashad Parker (Santa Monica, CA/Crossroads HS/El Camino CC) was selected in the 23rd round New York in today's Major League Baseball draft. It is the first time that Parker has been drafted.

Parker finished the 2002 season with a .286 batting average, four home runs, five doubles, 14 RBI and 17 runs in 28 games. He led the Pac-10 in sacrifice hits with eight, and stole seven bases.

UCLA junior outfielder Ben Francisco (Anaheim, CA/Servite HS) was selected yesterday in the fifth round by the Cleveland Indians. 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.

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