UCLA's Alden Carrithers Selected by Detroit in 15th Round of MLB Draft
June 6, 2008
LOS ANGELES - UCLA second baseman Alden Carrithers was chosen by the Detroit Tigers in the 15th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft on Friday afternoon. Carrithers finished his two-year UCLA career with a .364 batting average, the sixth-highest career mark in school history.
Carrithers, who led the Bruins in batting average each of the past two seasons, became the fourth Bruin selected in the 2008 draft. Carrithers joined juniors Tim Murphy, Brandon Crawford and Jermaine Curtis, who were selected in the top five rounds on Thursday afternoon in the 2008 MLB Draft.
A native of Portland, Ore., Carrithers excelled as the Bruins' second baseman the past two seasons, compiling a .377 batting average as a senior in 2008. Carrithers transferred to UCLA after playing at UC Santa Barbara in 2005 and 2006, when he logged a .317 career average for the Gauchos.
In 2008, Carrithers registered a team-leading .484 on-base percentage, the highest mark by a Bruin since Brian Baron recorded a .487 on-base percentage in 2001. In addition, the Bruins' second baseman collected 16 doubles, three triples, five home runs, 47 RBI, 51 runs and a team-best 17 stolen bases in 23 attempts.
As a junior in 2007, Carrithers led UCLA with a .352 batting average, totaling 16 doubles, two home runs, 32 RBI and 53 runs.
Carrithers becomes the 22nd player selected in the MLB Draft under fourth-year head coach John Savage.