Jan. 17, 2006
Los Angeles - UCLA freshmen Brandon Crawford, Ryan Babineau and Tim Murphy have been named among the top-50 freshmen collegiate baseball players for the 2006 season by Baseball America. The three players are part of UCLA's 2006 recruiting class that was selected fifth in the nation by the publication last year.
Crawford, a 6-2 infielder from Pleasanton, Calif., was tabbed the No. 24 freshman in the nation by Baseball America. Crawford was a three-year letterwinner at Foothill HS, and was listed by the San Francisco Chronicle as the sixth-best high school prospect in Northern California. He was also rated the 200th overall top prospect (College and High School) in the 2005 MLB draft by Baseball America. Crawford batted a combined .357 with 23 doubles, five triples, nine home runs, with 51 RBI in a three-year varsity career.
Babineau is a 6-2 catcher from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., and was selected as the No. 29 freshman in the nation by the publication. Babineau was a four-year letterwinner at Etiwanda HS, and was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 13th round of the 2005 MLB Draft. He was named a high school All-American and National Defensive Player of the Year, and hit .412 with five home runs and a .706 slugging percentage as a senior. Babineau also set school records for games played, at-bats, home runs, doubles, and the single-season school record for batting average (.436).
Murphy, a 6-2 outfielder and left-handed pitcher from Vista, Calif., was selected as the No. 39 freshman in the nation. Murphy was drafted in the 11th round by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 2005 MLB Draft out of Rancho Buena Vista HS. The three-year letterwinner was a three-time All-Avocado League selection, and an All-CIF San Diego Section honoree. As a senior, Murphy hit .443 with five home runs and 25 stolen bases.
UCLA will open the 2006 season on Friday, Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. against Fresno State at Jackie Robinson Stadium.