Aug. 13, 2004
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - UCLA right-hander Kyle Wilson, a 22nd round selection of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the June Major League Baseball draft, has signed with club, according to former Bruin Head Coach Gary Adams. Wilson, who signed on Tuesday, is the tenth member of the 2004 UCLA squad to sign a professional contract, the most ever by a single Bruin team. As a junior in 2004, Wilson was second on the UCLA staff with a 3.38 ERA. In only 26.2 innings of action, the Valencia, Calif., native struck out 37 batters. In his three years in Westwood, Wilson struck out 58 batters in 70.1 innings of work. The other nine 2004 Bruins signees are (in order of draft selection) Wes Whisler, Casey Janssen, Billy Susdorf, Ryan McCarthy, David Johnson, Brandon Averill, Mike Svetlic, Matt Thayer and Preston Griffin. Griffin was not drafted but instead singed a free agent contract upon the season's completion. In 2000, UCLA had an NCAA record 12 players drafted, but only nine players went on to sign with their respective clubs.