Seven Former UCLA Ballplayers Open 2010 on Major League Rosters
April 9, 2010
LOS ANGELES - Seven former UCLA baseball players have opened the 2010 season on 25-man rosters in Major League Baseball. Troy Glaus and Eric Byrnes return in 2010 as the two longest-tenured former UCLA players in the major leagues.
Glaus, the longest active-tenured UCLA major leaguer, returns for his 13th season in the big leagues, his first season playing for the Atlanta Braves. Byrnes begins his 11th major league year playing his first season for the Seattle Mariners.
Garrett Atkins and Chase Utley, both having debuted in the big leagues in 2003, open their seventh season in the majors. Atkins begins the 2010 season playing for his second major league team, the Baltimore Orioles. Utley has helped lead the Philadelphia Phillies to back-to-back National League pennants, as the Phillies won the 2008 World Series.
Casey Janssen, who earned the victory in one inning of relief for Toronto against the Texas Rangers on Tuesday afternoon, begins his fourth season in the majors.
David Huff, the youngest former UCLA player in MLB, opens his second big-league season as a starter in the Cleveland Indians' starting rotation. Huff, who pitched at UCLA as recently as 2006, led Cleveland with 11 victories in his 2009 rookie season.
Hector Ambriz has opened 2010 on the Cleveland Indians' 40-man roster and is currently on the disabled list. Ambriz was selected by Cleveland from the Arizona Diamondbacks in the offseason during the Rule V Draft.
Two former UCLA baseball players with major-league service- Josh Roenicke and Wes Whisler - have opened their respective seasons pitching in triple-A. Roenicke is playing for the Las Vegas 51s (triple-A affiliate, Toronto) and Whisler begins the season with the Charlotte Knights (triple-A affiliate, Chicago White Sox).
In addition, the UCLA baseball program features 14 former players currently on active minor league rosters, with several others expected to break extended spring training camps in the coming days and weeks. Playing in his first game at advanced single-A for the Lake Elsinore Storm (California League) on Thursday evening, former first baseman Cody Decker belted one home run in a 2-for-4 effort.