UCLA's Garett Claypool Selected by Oakland on Day Three of MLB Draft
June 11, 2009
LOS ANGELES - Junior Garett Claypool became the seventh UCLA ballplayer to be selected in the 2009 MLB Draft, when the Oakland Athletics picked the right-hander in the 32nd round (963rd overall) on Thursday. The Bruins' seven draft selections are the most for the program since 2006, when 12 players were drafted.
A resident of West Hills, Calif., Claypool has excelled the past three seasons pitching as a midweek starter and relief pitcher. He has gone 6-4 with a 3.67 ERA and four saves in 53 career appearances (21 starts, all in midweek action). Through his junior season, he has compiled 107 strikeouts and 59 saves in 125.0 career innings.
Claypool had a strong junior campaign, serving primarily as UCLA's midweek starting pitcher. He went 2-1 with a 3.46 ERA, 48 strikeouts and 11 walks in 39.0 innings, making 14 appearances (eight starts). As a sophomore (2008), he went 1-2 with 24 strikeouts and a 4.13 ERA in 32.2 innings (15 games, six starts). He earned freshman All-America honors from Rivals.com in 2007, having gone 3-1 with a 3.54 ERA in 24 games (seven starts). That season, he registered 35 strikeouts and 18 walks in 53.1 innings.
Claypool joins fellow juniors Casey Haerther (L.A. Angels, 5th round), Gavin Brooks (N.Y. Yankees, 9th round), Charles Brewer (Arizona, 12th round) and Gabe Cohen (Tampa Bay, 29th round) and seniors Brendan Lafferty (Oakland, 18th round) and Cody Decker (San Diego, 22nd round) as UCLA's 2009 MLB Draft selections.
The major league draft continues through the 50th and final round on Thursday afternoon.