Matt Sharp Signs Free Agent Contract With Chicago White Sox

June 14, 2005

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - UCLA utility infielder Matt Sharp signed a free agent minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox organization last Wednesday (June 8) and will reportedly begin play with the club's minor league affiliate in Great Falls, Montana later this week. Sharp, a fifth-year senior for the Bruins in 2005, is fresh off his best collegiate season in which he started 21 games for UCLA and appeared at catcher, first base and as a designated hitter.

'I feel very fortunate to have played baseball here at UCLA for the last five years,' Sharp said. 'I've been blessed to have been able to play baseball here in California and I'm even more excited now that I've signed with my hometown team, the Chicago White Sox. I feel honored that the White Sox have given me an opportunity to play professional baseball.'

Sharp, a native of Wilmette, Illinois (a suburb outside Chicago), finished his four-year UCLA career with a batting average of .225 in 66 career games. He blasted his first career home run against Stanford on May 15, 2005. He also made one pitching appearance, spanning 1.1 innings, back in 2004.

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