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Grant Watson
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Grant Watson 1264481
Position: Left Handed Pitcher
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 181
Year: Senior
Hometown: Bakersfield, Calif.
High School: Centennial HS

Selected by the San Francisco Giants as the 486th overall pick in the 16th round of the 2015 MLB Draft…finishes first all-time at UCLA in career starts (63) and career innings pitched (376.1)…finishes second all-time at UCLA in career wins (30), but first all-time at UCLA in career wins by a left-handed pitcher…in four seasons, went 30-19 with a 3.37 ERA and 238 strikeouts over 376.1 innings pitched.

Served as the team’s Saturday starter, making 16 starts…went 8-5 with a 2.30 ERA…first team All-Pac-12 selection…honorable mention Pac-12 All-Academic selection…ranked third in the conference in wins (8), fifth in ERA (2.30) and ninth in innings pitched (97.2)…picked off a conference-high 10 runners…tied for the team high in starts…struck out 66 batters over 97.2 innings pitched…posted the second-lowest WHIP among starters on the team at 1.08…held opponents to a .231 batting average against…went 6-3 with a 1.14 ERA in home starts…lasted at least six innings in 13-of-16 starts and struck out five or more batters in 7-of-16 starts…went 6-2 with a 2.40 ERA in Pac-12 starts…ranked second on the team with 44 strikeouts in conference play…allowed one run on four hits, while striking out five, over seven innings to earn a his first win against Hofstra on February 14…threw seven scoreless innings to earn his second win against Michigan State on February 28…allowed just one run on nine hits, while striking out 16 over a three-start stretch (March 21, March 28 and April 3)…over that span, went six innings in each start and earned three wins…went 6.1 scoreless innings to earn a win at Stanford on April 25…struck out six batters in each of his final three starts…struck out six and allowed just four hits in seven scoreless innings against Arizona on May 16.

Made 17 appearances (15 starts), going 4-9 with a 3.80 ERA...struck out 71 batters in 97 innings pitched, walking 26...71 strikeouts ranked 11th in the Pac-12...went 2-7 in Pac-12 play, registering a 4.39 ERA in 65.2 innings pitched...posted 10 quality starts (6 IP, 3 ER or less) on the season...led all pitchers in the Pac-12 with five pickoffs on the year...pitched at least six innings in 12 of his 15 starts...honorable mention Pac-12 All-Academic selection...gave up one unearned run in seven innings in his first start of the season vs. Portland on Feb. 15, striking out eight in the process...threw eight scoreless innings, giving up only three hits, to lead UCLA to a 2-0 win over North Carolina State on March 1...earned Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week honors after allowing one run on just two hits in eight innings pitched in UCLA's 3-1 victory at California on March 15...struck out five and allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits while striking out five in the Bruins' 4-2 win over Washington State on March 22...struck out a career-high nine batters in six innings pitched vs. Oregon on May 17...threw seven strong innings in his final start at Washington on May 24, allowing just three runs (two earned) while striking out three in a no-decision.

Went 9-3 in 18 appearances (17 starts), posting a 3.01 ERA as UCLA's Sunday starter...struck out 55 batters and surrendered only 16 walks, sixth-fewest in the Pac-12...posted a 4-2 record with a 5.01 ERA in Pac-12 play...threw six scoreless innings in his season debut vs. Minnesota, striking out a career-high eight batters and allowing two hits...went 5-0 with a 1.13 ERA through his first six starts, walking only three batters...did not allow an earned run in seven innings pitched against Wright State on March 3 to earn his second straight win...went 4-0 in his final four starts of the season...earned back-to-back wins at USC and Stanford on May 19 and May 26, pitching five innings in each game...in the postseason, made two starts and went 2-0 while not allowing a run in either game...earned the victory against San Diego at the NCAA Los Angeles Regional on June 2 by pitching seven shutout innings and allowing one hit while fanning five...was named to the NCAA Los Angeles Regional All-Tournament Team...pitched again at the College World Series on June 21 vs. North Carolina, throwing six scoreless innings and striking out three to help send UCLA to the CWS Finals.

Made 35 appearances, including 15 starts...had a successful freshman season, serving as the Bruins' midweek starting pitcher, in addition to making three weekend starts (all against Pac-12 teams) and 20 relief appearances...went 9-2 with a 4.45 ERA, logging 46 strikeouts and 34 walks in 89.0 innings...tied the school record for single-season wins by a freshman (9), a feat also accomplished by Pete Janicki in 1990 and by Trevor Bauer in 2009...captured freshman All-America honors from Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball...was named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week after going 2-0 in three appearances the week of March 12-18...in midweek ballgames, went 6-0 with a 2.67 ERA, registering 22 strikeouts and 14 walks in 54.0 innings (.250 opposing batting average)...as a starting pitcher, went 8-1 with a 3.76 ERA (15 starts)...out of the bullpen, went 1-1 with a 6.86 ERA (20 apperances)...threw a season-high six innings in six games...allowed one and five hits in six innings in UCLA's 6-2 win at UC Irvine (May 22), helping the Bruins finished the season with a perfect 11-0 record in all midweek games...scattered two hits in six scoreless innings in the Bruins' 2-1 victory at Long Beach State (May 1)...registered four strikeouts and no hits in 2.1 scoreless innings of relief against Stanford (April 27)...allowed one run and six hits in six innings as the starting pitcher, earning the victory at Utah (April 1)...limited USC to one run and seven hits in six innings in a non-conference game at Dodger Stadium (March 13), securing the win in a 7-2 decision at the third annual Dodgertown Classic...scattered two hits in 5.1 scoreless innings against UC Riverside (March 6).

High School
Three-year varsity baseball and basketball letterwinner at Centennial High School under head coaches Randy Roberts and Alex Lee, respectively...went 9-1 with a 2.02 ERA and two saves in 13 appearances as a senior (2011)...recorded 74 strikeouts and 18 walks in 62.1 innings during his senior season...batted .351 with two home runs, 16 RBI, 26 hits and a .442 on-base percentage as a senior...helped lead Centennial to the Valley Section championship game, as the team posted a 23-5 overall record during his senior year...named Pitcher of the Year by the Bakersfield Californian following his senior season...captured All-Southwest Yosemite League Pitcher of the Year acclaim as a senior...earned second-team All-State accolades from Cal-Hi Sports as a senior...went 7-3 with a 2.09 ERA, one save and three complete games in 15 appearances as a junior (2010)...registered 77 strikeouts and 32 walks in 63.2 innings during his junior year...played for the ABD Bulldogs under head coach Mike Spiers in 2009 and 2010...competed for the Southern California NTIS Team which participated in the 18U USA Baseball tryouts...went 4-2 with two saves and a 2.88 ERA in 13 appearances as a sophomore (2009)...recorded 53 strikeouts and 21 walks in 48.2 innings during his sophomore season...as a basketball player, averaged 20.5 points per game as a senior, earning first-team all-area honors.

Full name: Grant Joseph Watson...born July 2, 1993 in Bakersfield, Calif...Grant is the younger of Stacy and Kelly Watson's two sons...Geography/Environmental Studies major.

Career Highs
Innings Pitched - 8.0 (three times), last vs. Washington State (3/22/14)
Strikeouts - 9 vs. Oregon (5/17/14)


2012 Fr. 4.45 9-2 35 15 0 0 89.0 94 52 44 34 46 18 0 3 388 .286 3 4 6 15 0
2013 So. 3.01 9-3 18 17 0 0 92.2 93 36 31 16 55 7 2 2 382 .266 6 6 3 8 1
2014 Jr. 3.80 4-9 17 15 0 0 97.0 100 49 41 26 71 15 3 3 416 .270 3 3 2 14 1
2015 Sr. 2.30 8-5 16 16 0 0 97.2 80 32 25 21 66 20 2 2 346 .231 1 4 2 6 0
TOTALS   3.37 30-19 86 63 0 0 376.1 367 169 141 97 238 60 7 10 1556 .263 13 17 13 43 2
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