UCLA's Hector Ambriz Makes Major League Debut with Cleveland Indians
May 2, 2010
CLEVELAND - Former UCLA standout Hector Ambriz made his major-league debut, pitching for the Cleveland Indians on Friday, April 30. Ambriz tossed one scoreless inning and allowed one hit in relief as the Indians dropped a 9-3 decision to the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field.
The right-hander from Placentia, Calif. (Valencia HS) had spent the first four weeks of the major-league season on Cleveland's 40-man roster, while pitching for the Columbus Clippers (triple-A affiliate) on a rehabilitation assignment. He allowed one run and nine hits through 8.0 innings in seven relief appearances with Columbus.
Ambriz starred both on the mound and at the plate in four seasons (2003-06) at UCLA. After helping lead the Bruins to an NCAA Regional appearance at Pepperdine in 2006, he was selected in the fifth round of the 2006 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Ambriz posted a 13-21 career record in 57 appearances (43 starts) at UCLA, posting a 4.41 ERA with 249 strikeouts and 141 walks in 296.0 innings. He currently ranks tied for seventh on UCLA's career innings list (296.0, tied with Jon Brandt) and is 10th on the school's career strikeouts list (249).
He spent the three full seasons (2007-09) in the minor leagues with the Arizona Diamondbacks' organization before being selected as a Rule V Draft pick in December 2009 by the Cleveland Indians. Last summer, he went 12-11 with a 4.94 ERA in 28 appearances (27 starts) between the Mobile BayBears (double-A) and the Reno Aces (triple-A).
Ambriz's most successful season at UCLA came during his senior year (2006). He went 8-7 with a 3.65 ERA as the Bruins' staff ace, collecting 97 strikeouts and 41 walks in a team-high 113.1 innings.
With Ambriz's promotion to the Cleveland Indians, UCLA currently has nine former ballplayers competing in Major League Baseball. He is the third player from UCLA's 2006 ballclub to ascend to the major leagues (along with David Huff of Cleveland and Josh Roenicke of Toronto).