Ryan Kreidler Called Up by Detroit Tigers
DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers today announced that they plan to select the contract of former UCLA standout infielder Ryan Kreidler on Thursday morning, setting him up to be the next UCLA Baseball alum to make his Major League debut.
When he makes his first appearance, he'll become the 90th UCLA baseball player all-time to reach the Majors, and the 27th coached by current UCLA head coach John Savage.
He is the third member of UCLA's historic 2019 team – the Bruins won a school-record 52 games and were ranked No. 1 in the country for 12 consecutive weeks – to earn his first MLB call up over the last five days, as both Garrett Mitchell (Milwaukee Brewers) and Michael Toglia (Colorado Rockies) made their Big League debuts earlier this week. Kreidler is set to become the fifth Bruin to make his MLB debut in 2022 alone, as right-hander Jake Bird and infielder/outfielder Sean Bouchard both premiered with the Rockies earlier this season.
After the flurry of call-ups, every UCLA team from 1965-2020 has had at least one player compete in MLB, a span of 56 consecutive years.
Kreidler was a fourth-round pick of Detroit, No. 112 overall, in the 2019 MLB Draft. The Davis, Calif. native has been a fast riser in the Tigers' organization, earning a promotion to Triple-A in just his second professional season. He finished the 2021 season with a career-high 22 home runs, and had a standout slash line of .304/.407/.519 with Triple-A Toledo. Despite battling injuries this season, he's posted a .759 OPS while playing standout defense at short.
Overall in his pro career he has a .248/.341/.418 slash line with 88 extra-base hits, 104 RBIs, and 41 stolen bases over 249 games spanning three seasons.
A three-year starter at UCLA from 2017-19, Kreidler crafted a career slash line of .261/.351/.409 while manning both spots on the left side of the infield. He set career highs across the board as a junior in 2019 while making nearly-equal starts at third (33) and short (30), slashing .300/.370/.502 with nine home runs and 45 RBIs over 243 at-bats en route to All-Pac-12 honors. He was an all-league honorable mention as a freshman and made the SportsCenter Top-10 with a highlight-reel grab at third during a game on Mar. 19, 2017.
Kreidler was part of a school-record and NCAA-leading 13-player draft class for UCLA in 2019.
His first chance at making his MLB debut comes on Thursday, as Detroit faces Seattle at home starting at 10:10 a.m. PT. The Tigers play their next four games at home, but Kreidler will return to Southern California for a three-game series at Anaheim starting on Monday night at 6:38 p.m. PT.
In addition to the Kreidler announcement, UCLA was well-represented across MLB on Wednesday night as five alumni started for their respective clubs: Sean Bouchard (Colorado), Gerrit Cole (New York Yankees), Brandon Crawford (San Francisco), James Kaprielian (Oakland), and Michael Toglia (Colorado). Another two appeared for their clubs off the bench, as outfielder Garrett Mitchell (Milwaukee) drew a pinch-walk with the bases loaded and right-handed pitcher Jake Bird (Colorado) threw a scoreless eight inning.
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