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UCLA Baseball to Send 23 Players to Various Summer Leagues
By: UCLA Athletics

The UCLA baseball program will send 23 players this summer to play in some of the most competitive summer leagues around the country.

James Kaprielian headlines the group of players as he will compete for the U.S. Collegiate National Team this summer. Kaprielian is the eighth UCLA selection to the Collegiate National Team in the last six years and the ninth selection under head coach John Savage. This past season, Kaprielian served as UCLA's Friday starter, posting a 2.29 ERA and a Pac-12 leading 108 strikeouts for the Bruins.

UCLA will send four ballplayers to the prestigious Cape Cod League this summer as well. Outfielders Brett Stephens and Ty Moore will compete for the Orleans Firebirds and Chatham Anglers respectively. Stephens played in 39 games for the Bruins in his first season in Westwood while Moore started all 56 games, batting .294 with 24 RBI. Junior catcher/infielder Justin Hazard will play for the Brewster Whitecaps while junior right-hander Cody Poteet will pitch for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox.

10 Bruins will play in the West Coast Collegiate League (WCCL). Sophomore pitcher Nick Kern and incoming freshman Matt Trask will pitch for the Yakima Valley Pippins while incoming freshmen Griffin Canning, Nathan Hadley and Nick Valaika will compete for the Wenatchee AppleSox. Three other incoming freshmen, infielder Sean Bouchard, left-hander Garrett Barker and right-hander Matt Walker, will head to Walla Walla, Wash. to play for the Walla Walla Sweets. Finally, sophomore outfielder Kort Peterson will compete for the Cowlitz Black Bears while sophomore right-hander Moises Ceja will play for the Bellingham Bells.

Like last season, five UCLA ballplayers will take part in the Northwoods League. Junior infielders Brett Urabe and Trent Chatterton will compete for the Duluth Huskies while outfielder Luke Persico and right-hander Scott Burke will play for the La Crosse Loggers. Sophomore right-hander Chase Radan will pitch for the Lakeshore Chinooks. 

Finally, the Bruins will send three players to the California League. Sophomore right-hander Tucker Forbes and freshman Andrew Schmidt will play for the San Luis Obispo Blues and incoming freshman Zander Clarke will compete for the Conejo Oaks.

UCLA in 2014 Summer Baseball Leagues

Player Year Pos. Ht. Wt. Summer Team Summer League
Garrett Barker Fr. LHP 6-3 190 Walla Walla Sweets West Coast League
Sean Bouchard Fr. INF 6-3 180 Walla Walla Sweets West Coast League
Scott Burke So. RHP 6-3 185 La Crosse Loggers Northwoods League
Griffin Canning Fr. RHP 6-1 165 Wenatchee AppleSox West Coast League
Trent Chatterton Jr. INF 5-8 168 Duluth Huskies Northwoods League
Moises Ceja So. RHP 6-0 168 Bellingham Bells West Coast League
Zander Clarke Fr. INF 6-5 200 Conejo Oaks California League
Tucker Forbes RS So. RHP 6-9 220 San Luis Obispo Blues California League
Nathan Hadley Fr. RHP 5-11 180 Wenatchee AppleSox West Coast League
Justin Hazard RS Jr. C/INF 6-2 187 Brewster Whitecaps Cape Cod League
James Kaprielian Jr. RHP 6-4 200 USA National Team International Sports Federation
Nick Kern RS So. RHP 5-11 186 Yakima Valley Pippins West Coast League
Ty Moore Jr. OF 6-0 190 Chatham Anglers Cape Cod League
Luke Persico So. INF 6-3 173 La Crosse Loggers Northwoods League
Kort Peterson So. OF 6-1 195 Cowlitz Black Bears West Coast League
Cody Poteet Jr. RHP 6-1 188 Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox Cape Cod League
Chase Radan RS So. RHP 6-4 183 Lakeshore Chinooks Northwoods League
Andrew Schmidt RS Fr. OF 6-1 165 San Luis Obispo Blues California League
Brett Stephens So. OF 6-0 187 Orleans Firebirds Cape Cod League
Matt Trask Fr. RHP 6-3 205 Yakima Valley Pippins West Coast League
Brett Urabe Jr. INF 5-10 165 Duluth Huskies Northwoods League
Nick Valaika Fr. INF 5-11 180 Wenatchee AppleSox West Coast League
Matt Walker Fr. RHP 6-2 180 Walla Walla Sweets West Coast League
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