Preston Griffin Signs Free-Agent Contract With Chicago Cubs

June 29, 2004

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - UCLA senior infielder Preston Griffin has signed a free-agent contract with the Chicago Cubs and is now playing for the Mesa Cubs of the Arizona Rookie League. Griffin, who primarily played third base for UCLA in 2004, signed as a utility infielder on Friday, June 25, according to retiring Head Baseball Coach Gary Adams.

The Long Beach, California, native finished his senior season as a Bruin on June 6 with a career high batting average of .313. Griffin played in 58 of UCLA's 64 games while starting 53 of them at either second or third base. In 2004, his finest season as a Bruin, Griffin also recorded career highs in runs (44), hits (61) and doubles (12). In UCLA's victory over Oklahoma on June 5 at the NCAA Regionals, Griffin scored a team-season high four runs and he ended the season on a season high seven-game hitting streak.

The 22-year old Griffin made his professional debut on Monday, going 2-for-5 with a single, double and stolen base in the Cubs' 4-2 victory over the Mesa Angels.

Earlier this month, nine Bruins were drafted in the Amatuer Major League Baseball Draft, including three of Griffin's fellow seniors.

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