UCLA Baseball's Incoming Class Ranked No. 19 by Baseball America
Oct. 20, 2009
DURHAM, N.C. - The UCLA baseball program's incoming group of 13 players has been rated No. 19 nationally by Baseball America, the national publication announced Tuesday. Under sixth-year head coach John Savage, the Bruins' last five classes have earned top-20 recognition by Baseball America.
UCLA's incoming class this season features four ballplayers selected in the 2009 MLB Draft - Cody Keefer (33rd round, Detroit), Scott Griggs (34th round, Seattle) Jeff Gelalich (41st round, Philadelphia) and Beau Amaral (45th round, Arizona). In addition, sophomore infielder Dean Espy was selected in the 2008 MLB Draft (41st round, Colorado) before enrolling at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix.
The Bruins' fifth recruiting class under Savage includes four left-handed hitting outfielders in Amaral, Gelalich, Keefer and Dennis Holt. In addition to Espy, the Bruins welcome infielders Matt Giovinazzo, Cody Regis and Aaron Weimer. Griggs joins Allen Aguilar and Ryan Deeter as right-handers on the pitching staff. Freshmen catchers Trevor Brown and Tyler Heineman complete the team's incoming class.
UCLA's last four recruiting classes have been ranked No. 5, No. 13, No. 7 and No. 7, respectively, by Baseball America. The Bruins' baseball program began its fall workouts Oct. 5 and will conclude its fall schedule with the annual Blue-Gold World Series (Nov. 16-20).
UCLA opens its 2010 season against Southern University on Friday, Feb. 19 at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium. That weekend, the Bruins will play in the third annual MLB Urban Invitational.