Four More Bruins Selected on Day Two of MLB Draft

June 7, 2006

Los Angeles - UCLA seniors Sean Smith and Chris Jensen, and juniors Brian Schroeder and Eric Taylor, Jr. were selected on the second day of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday. Smith was a 21st-round selection by the Arizona Diamondbacks, Jensen was selected in the 22nd-round by the Los Angeles Dodgers, Taylor, Jr. was taken in the 30th-round by Houston Astros, and Schroeder was selected in the 33rd-round by the St. Louis Cardinals.

UCLA has had 11 players taken in the 2006 MLB Draft, one short of the school record mark of 12 players in 2000.

Smith, from Culver City, Calif., had an outstanding senior season with UCLA as one of the best defensive second basemen in the nation. Smith hit .271 (48-177) at the plate with a career-high six home runs, 18 doubles, 32 RBI, and 33 runs scored. He finished the year with a UCLA infield-best .986 fielding percentage.

Smith ends his career at UCLA with a .283 (72-254) batting average in 50 games in a Bruin uniform.

Jensen, from San Diego, Calif., ends his career at UCLA with an impressive senior campaign. The fifth-year Bruin batted .325 (76-234) with six home runs and team bests of 36 RBI and 45 runs scored, playing in all 58 games for UCLA in right field.

Jensen was a 2006 All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention selection, a Pac-10 All-Academic First-Team Team member, and a CoSIDA District 8 First-Team Academic All-America selection. He finishes his career at UCLA as a .319 (163-511) hitter in 152 collegiate games.

Taylor, Jr., from Laguna Niguel, Calif., put up solid numbers as the Bruin utility player this season. Taylor, Jr. led the team with a .370 (17-46) batting average, posting three home runs, 10 RBI and nine runs scored in 26 games.

Taylor, Jr. played first base, third base, and catcher for the Bruins this season.

Schroeder, from El Cajon, Calif., posted solid numbers this season as a midweek starter and a relief pitcher for UCLA. The left-handed hurler earned a 4-2 record with a 5.40 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 40.0 innings of work on the season.

Schroeder was named the 2005 Co-Pitcher of the Year in 2005, as he posted a 4-6 record with a 4.77 ERA and 48 strikeouts as a sophomore.

Follow the draft live at, MLB.com, as more UCLA Bruins are expected to be selected.

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