Former UCLA Catcher Brent Dean Signs With Milwaukee Brewers
Feb. 12, 2010
LOS ANGELES - Former two-year UCLA catcher Brent Dean has signed a free agent contract with the Milwaukee Brewers this week. Dean compiled a .276 batting average in two seasons (2007-08) with the Bruins before serving as an undergraduate assistant coach with UCLA in 2009.
After transferring to UCLA from L.A. Harbor Junior College, Dean helped lead the Bruins to consecutive NCAA Regional appearances in 2007 and 2008, including the NCAA Super Regionals at Cal State Fullerton in 2007.
'I'm really excited for the opportunity to continue playing ball at the next level,' Dean said. 'I've been working extremely hard in the offseason, and to be able to have this chance is a dream come true.'
As a junior in 2008, he threw out nine of 27 attempted base stealers (33.3 percent), leading UCLA's defense to the highest caught stealing rate among all Pac-10 teams (44.9 percent). Dean played in 29 games, making 26 starts, during his junior season.
Dean is expected to report to the Milwaukee Brewers' spring training site (Maryvale Baseball Park) in Phoenix, Ariz., at the end of the month.