Three Bruins Selected On Second Day of MLB Draft
June 8, 2005
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - UCLA resdshirt sophomore outfielder Jarrad Page, redshirt junior catcher Chris Denove and junior first baseman Brett McMillan were selected Wednesday during the second day of the 2005 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Page and Denove both were selected in the 32nd round while McMillan was taken in the 36th round. Page, the draft's 957th overall pick, was selected by the Colorado Rockies and Denove, the 962nd overall pick, went to the Cincinnati Reds. McMillan was drafted by the Washington Nationals as the 1,074th overall pick.
'We as a coaching staff are very proud of our three players who were drafted this afternoon,' Head Coach John Savage said. 'It goes to show how hard they have worked throughout their careers here at UCLA. It's rewarding to see that they'll be able to go out and have an opportunity to play professional baseball.'
In his three years as a Bruin, Denove has posted a .277 career batting average with 14 home runs and 95 RBI. As a sophomore in 2003, Denove hit .291 with 62 hits, eight home runs and 47 RBI. He has been UCLA's starting backstop since joining UCLA as a freshman in 2003.
'I'm very excited about the opportunity to play professional baseball,' Denove said. 'UCLA has been wonderful to me and I have enjoyed every second while here in Westwood.'
Page, who also is the starting strong safety on UCLA's football team, has been praised for his outright athleticism. The San Ramon native launched his fourth career home run for UCLA in 2005 and was 4-for-4 in stolen base attempts. In two years with the UCLA baseball team, Page has also driven in 28 runs, scored 37 runs and tallied six doubles and triple.
Page was previously drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the fifth round of the 2002 draft as a high school senior.
'Being drafted today by the Rockies feels great,' Page said. 'I'm now going to take some time to consider my options before deciding on what path my future will take.'
McMillan, a 21st round pick of the Phillies in 2002, has posted a .280 batting average in his first three years as a Bruin. The junior slugged eight home runs as a freshman in 2003, six more as a sophomore and seven in 2005 as a junior. He led UCLA with 33 RBI this past season while playing both first and third base in the field.
'It's a great honor to be drafted this afternoon by Washington,' McMillan said. 'The Nationals are a great organization which has treated my father well as a scout for the past several years.'
Also drafted were five future Bruins who have signed National Letters of Intent to play at UCLA in 2006. Most notably, outfielder John Drennen, a high school outfielder from Rancho Bernardo HS, was selected by the Cleveland Indians as the 33rd overall pick in the draft. Pitchers Tim Murphy and Brian Kirwan, both high school seniors, were selected in the 11th round by the Angels and Twins, respectively. Catcher Ryan Babineau was a 13th round selection of the Milwaukee Brewers and incoming junior college transfer David Huff went to the Philadelphia Phillies in the 19th round.
'Not only do we commend our current Bruins, but we are also very excited about the draft selections of several members of our incoming recruiting class,' Savage said. 'While we certainly hope and expect to see them in Bruin uniforms next year, we wish them all the best of luck wherever their baseball careers lead them.'