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Curialle, Karros Picked on Day Three of 2022 MLB Draft

Jul 19, 2022

LOS ANGELES – Junior infielder/outfielder Michael Curialle and junior right-handed pitcher Jared Karros were both selected Tuesday on the final day of the 2022 MLB Draft, bringing UCLA's three-day total to three draftees.

Curialle was the first Bruin off the board on Tuesday, going in the 12th round (No. 367 overall) to the St. Louis Cardinals. Karros meanwhile was the 16th round selection, No. 495 overall, of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The duo joined sophomore right-hander Max Rajcic, who was selected in the sixth round by St. Louis on Monday.

After this year's draft proceedings, UCLA has now had 120 players picked in the MLB Draft in 18 years under head coach John Savage. That figure includes 47 draftees inside the top-10 rounds.

Curialle has been a three-year starter at UCLA, slashing .306/.380/.455 to this point in his collegiate career. The Capistrano Valley, Calif. native started at six different positions – everywhere except pitcher, catcher, and first base – this year for UCLA and ultimately batted a team-high .319 with five home runs and 41 RBIs in 58 games. He was at his best late in the season, including a scorching week at the inaugural Pac-12 Tournament (.538/.552/.731, 14 hits, 10 runs) which earned him All-Tournament honors. Curialle earned Freshman All-America honors in 2020 after slashing .325/.357/.525 over 10 games.

Karros, UCLA's Opening Day starter in 2021, has posted a 3.51 ERA with 48 strikeouts in 41 innings over parts of two seasons in Westwood. He was 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA as a freshman during the COVID-shortened 2020 season, and was off to a strong start in 2021 (3.33 ERA, 32-5 K-BB ratio over 27 innings) as a member of the weekend rotation. His last appearance for UCLA came on Mar. 28, 2021, a six-inning, seven-strikeout gem against crosstown rival USC.

Jared is the son of Eric Karros, who also attended UCLA before being drafted by the Dodgers in 1988. Eric went on to slash .268/.325/.454 over a storied 14-year MLB career with the Dodgers, Cubs, and Athletics. He hit 270 home runs as a member of the Dodgers, a Los Angeles-era club record. 

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