Three UCLA Baseball Signees Ink Professional Contracts

Aug. 18, 2009

LOS ANGELES - UCLA baseball signees Max Stassi, Trayce Thompson and David Nick signed professional baseball contracts prior to Monday's deadline (9 p.m., PT) and have forfeited their collegiate eligibility.

Stassi, a catcher from Yuba City, Calif., agreed to terms with the Oakland Athletics on Monday. Stassi was selected in the fourth round of the 2009 MLB Draft.

Thompson, an outfielder from Ladera Ranch, Calif., agreed to terms with the Chicago White Sox in July. A second-round selection (61st overall) in the 2009 MLB Draft, Thompson is currently playing for the Bristol White Sox (Appalachian League).

Nick, an infielder from Cypress, Calif., signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks in June and has spent the summer playing for the Missoula Osprey (Pioneer League). Nick was a fourth-round selection.

Four other UCLA signees were selected in the MLB Draft last June and will enroll at UCLA this fall. Cody Keefer, a left-handed hitting outfielder from Davis, Calif., was drafted in the 33rd round by the Detroit Tigers. Scott Griggs, a right-handed pitcher from Alamo, Calif., was chosen in the 34th round by the Seattle Mariners.

Jeff Gelalich, a left-handed hitting outfielder from La Verne, Calif., was selected in the 41st round by the Philadelphia Phillies. Beau Amaral, a left-handed outfielder from Huntington Beach, Calif., who has signed a Statement of Intent to Register, was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 45th round of the MLB Draft.

UCLA's incoming freshmen will report to campus at the start of Fall Quarter in late September.

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