Former Bruins Mike Kunes and Matt Thayer Named to Minor League All-Star Team
July 28, 2004
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The Northwest League of Professional Baseball announced Tuesday that former UCLA teammates Mike Kunes and Matt Thayer have been named to the Western Division All-Star roster. Kunes (UCLA '03) and Thayer (UCLA '04) will compete against the Eastern Division team in the league's first ever all-star game, to be played at 7 p.m. on August 3 in Spokane, Washington.
Kunes, who currently has a 1-1 record with a 1.83 ERA for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, played for the Bruins from 2000 to 2003 before being selected by the San Francisco Giants in the 23rd round of the 2003 draft. At UCLA, the left-handed pitcher compiled an 18-10 career record, a 5.72 overall ERA and 194 total strikeouts.
Thayer finished his UCLA career in June 2004 after helping lead the Bruins to their first NCAA Regional appearance in four years. A 31st round draft pick by the San Diego Padres, Thayer currently leads the A-Level Eugene Emeralds with a .304 average and has knocked five doubles and a home run in 115 at-bats. His 17 RBI places him third on the squad. Thayer led UCLA with a .323 average as a junior this past season and concluded his three-year career with a .298 mark.
For more information regarding the Northwest League All-Star Game, please visit the league's website at www.northwestleague.com.