UCLA Baseball's Brent Dean Signs With Sioux City Explorers
June 23, 2009
LOS ANGELES - Former UCLA catcher and undergraduate assistant coach Brent Dean has agreed to terms with the Sioux City Explorers, of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. Dean played for the Bruins in 2007 and 2008 after having transferred from L.A. Harbor College in the summer of 2006.
A two-year UCLA baseball letterwinner, Dean compiled a career .276 batting average, totaling 11 RBI, 12 runs and a .359 on-base percentage in 35 games (28 starts, all at catcher). He split time behind the plate in 2008 with Ryan Babineau. That season, Dean batted .278, going 22-for-79 with one double, one home run, 11 RBI and 12 runs in 29 games (26 starts, all at catcher). He saw action in six games in 2007, going 2-for-8 at the plate.
In each of his two seasons playing for UCLA, the Bruins advanced to the postseason. In 2007, UCLA earned its second-ever NCAA Super Regional Berth after having swept the NCAA Long Beach Regional. In 2008, UCLA advanced to the NCAA Regional Final at Cal State Fullerton.
Dean remained with the Bruins' baseball program in 2009, serving as an undergraduate assistant coach. His work with UCLA's catching corps proved valuable, as the Bruins led the Pac-10 Conference in caught stealing percentage (44.6 percent) and tied for the Pac-10 lead in fewest stolen bases against (36, tied with Arizona State).
UCLA earned a third-place finish in the Pac-10 standings in each of Dean's three seasons with the program. Dean becomes the third catcher in head coach John Savage's five seasons to have inked a professional contract.
The Sioux City Explorers, located in Sioux City, Iowa, are one of 10 teams in the American Association.