Three Cal Players Selected in the First Day of the 2004 Major League Amateur Draft

June 7, 2004

BERKELEY, CA - The University of California baseball program had three players - junior infielder David Nicholson, junior left fielder Justin Nelson and senior shortstop Jeff Dragicevich - selected during the first day of the 2004 Major League Amateur Draft. Nicholson was drafted in the ninth round by the Los Angeles Dodgers, while Nelson was selected in the 15th round, and Dragicevich was picked in the 18th round, by the Colorado Rockies.

Nicholson, a 2004 honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection, was Cal's leading hitter this season, finishing with a team-best .367 average with a team-high 50 runs, 77 hits, 14 doubles and .438 on-base percentage. He is currently fifth in the Pac-10 in both batting average and hits. Nicholson also had a career-high 18-game hitting streak during the year and hit .360 with runners in scoring position. He is a native of Anaheim, and his brother, Tommy, has been a member of the Texas and Chicago White Sox organizations.

This season, Nelson batted .286 with nine doubles, three triples (seventh in Pac-10), seven home runs and was second on the team with 34 RBI. He also had a team-high 10 multiple RBI games and recorded a .500 slugging percentage and .389 on-base percentage. Nelson was drafted in the 20th round by the Anaheim Angels out of high school in 2001.

Dragicevich, who concluded his Cal career sixth on the Bears' all-time games list (220) and 10th in career at-bats (728) and career doubles (42), hit .255 with 12 doubles, a triple, three home runs and 21 RBI as a senior. He also is the school record-holder for career assists (617), was a starter at shortstop as a freshman in 2001 when Cal advanced to the NCAA Regional in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and was selected as an honorable mention Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball. In 2003, Dragicevich was honorable mention All-Pac-10 and he is a three-time Pac-10 All-Academic honoree with a 3.28 GPA in business administration.

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