UCLA's Rob Rasmussen Selected in MLB Draft's Second Round by Florida Marlins

June 8, 2010

LOS ANGELES - Junior left-handed pitcher Rob Rasmussen was selected by the Florida Marlins in the second round of the 2010 MLB Draft, 73rd overall, on Monday evening, marking UCLA's earliest draft pick since left-hander David Huff was chosen in the supplemental first round, 39th overall, by the Cleveland Indians in June 2006.

Rasmussen becomes the first UCLA player selected in the draft's second round since 2007 (Brant Rustich, New York Mets).

Rasmussen earned his 10th victory of the season Sunday, leading UCLA past UC Irvine, 6-2, by striking out seven batters in six innings to help the Bruins earn their second berth in the NCAA Super Regionals in the last four seasons. Rasmussen has gone 10-2 with a 2.90 ERA, totaling 108 strikeouts and 27 walks in 90.0 innings this spring.

After not earning a decision in his first three starts, Rasmussen collected the victory in each of his next six starts. In nine Pac-10 starts, the southpaw went 6-2 with a 3.04 ERA, tops among UCLA's weekend starters. Rasmussen logged 54 strikeouts and eight walks in 53.1 innings in conference action.

Through Sunday's NCAA Regional games, Rasmussen ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in strikeouts (108), fifth in the Pac-10 in ERA (2.90), sixth in opposing batting average (.220) and tied with five pitchers for third in wins (10).

Rasmussen and UCLA sophomores Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer have each collected 10 wins, marking the first time any Bruins' baseball team has featured three or more pitchers with 10 or more victories.

Drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 27th round of the 2007 MLB Draft following a highly-successful career at Pasadena Poly, Rasmussen chose to attend UCLA and pitched in nine games, making two starts, in a freshman season that was abbreviated due to a broken foot sustained from a line-drive comebacker in his debut. He missed 10 weeks before returning to the mound and pitching primarily in relief.

After going 4-2 with a 6.45 ERA in 18 games (six starts) as a sophomore, Rasmussen shined in the 2009 Cape Cod League, going 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA in 35.0 innings for the Orleans Firebirds. Rasmussen was selected as one of two starting pitchers in the Cape Cod League's All-Star Game at Boston's Fenway Park in July 2009.

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