UCLA's Jeff Gelalich Selected No. 57 in MLB Draft by Cincinnati

June 4, 2012

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LOS ANGELES - UCLA junior outfielder Jeff Gelalich was selected by the Cincinnati Reds as the No. 57 overall pick in the supplemental first round of the 2012 MLB Draft on Monday evening.

Gelalich leads UCLA (45-14) with a .372 batting average, the second-highest mark in the Pac-12 Conference, and has belted a team-leading 11 home runs in all 59 games. The native of La Verne, Calif., becomes the 18th UCLA ballplayer selected in the first round or supplemental first round of the MLB Draft.

"You always dream about this happening, and when it does, you don't know what to do," Gelalich said. "It's definitely surreal. This is what I have worked for my whole life. This is what I've dreamed of doing, and it's what I've wanted to do. I feel really blessed."

Gelalich belted two home runs, going 3-for-4 with four RBI, to lead the Bruins past Creighton, 13-5, in the NCAA Los Angeles Regional final on Sunday night. The Bruins are preparing for an NCAA Super Regional matchup against TCU (40-20) at Jackie Robinson Stadium beginning Friday at 6 p.m. (PT).

"It's been a fun 24 hours," Gelalich said. "But as soon as I go to bed tonight, it's over with. It's back to work Tuesday, and we have to be ready to play TCU this weekend."

Gelalich becomes the third UCLA ballplayer selected in the first round or supplemental round over the last two seasons. The Bruins' right fielder is the fourth player selected in the first round or supplemental first round during head coach John Savage's eight-year tenure at UCLA (also Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer in 2011, and Dave Huff in 2006).

"Our program is very excited for Jeff and his family," Savage said. "He has been a very good player for us the last three years, and he's had a great junior season. He's been one of our captains this year, leading us into the position that we're in this week. The guy has worked extremely hard in the offseason and made himself better."

The 2012 MLB Draft continues with rounds 2-15 on Tuesday, starting at 9 a.m. Rounds 16-40 take place on Wednesday, beginning at 9 a.m.


EVENT INFORMATION
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Friday, Feb 26
at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA
W, 7 - 6
Saturday, Feb 27
at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA
W, 19 - 0
Sunday, Feb 28
at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA
L, 2 - 6
Tuesday, Mar 01
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
L, 6 - 11
Friday, Mar 04
vs. Mississippi State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 1
Saturday, Mar 05
vs. Oklahoma
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 2
Sunday, Mar 06
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 3 (14)
Tuesday, Mar 08
at CSUN
Northridge, CA
L, 12 - 20
Friday, Mar 11
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
L, 5 - 7
Saturday, Mar 12
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 4
Sunday, Mar 13
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 3
Friday, Mar 18
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 2
Saturday, Mar 19
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5 (12)
Sunday, Mar 20
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 11 - 2
Thursday, Mar 24
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
L, 1 - 6
Friday, Mar 25
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 4 - 3
Saturday, Mar 26
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
L, 5 - 6
Tuesday, Mar 29
vs. Cal State Fullerton
Los Angeles, CA
L, 7 - 14
Friday, Apr 01
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 1 - 9
Saturday, Apr 02
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 2 - 8
Sunday, Apr 03
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 3 - 5
Tuesday, Apr 05
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
Thursday, Apr 07
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
Friday, Apr 08
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5
Saturday, Apr 09
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
L, 2 - 8
Tuesday, Apr 12
vs. Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5
Friday, Apr 15
at Washington
Seattle, WA
W, 1 - 0
Saturday, Apr 16
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 7 - 8
Sunday, Apr 17
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 4 - 7
Tuesday, Apr 19
at Pepperdine
Malibu, CA
W, 10 - 6
Thursday, Apr 21
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 3
Friday, Apr 22
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 2
Saturday, Apr 23
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 13 - 1
Tuesday, Apr 26
at Cal State Fullerton
Fullerton, CA
L, 7 - 10
Friday, Apr 29
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
L, 4 - 6
Saturday, Apr 30
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
L, 4 - 9
Sunday, May 01
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
W, 10 - 3
Tuesday, May 03
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
W, 11 - 10
Friday, May 06
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
L, 2 - 4
Saturday, May 07
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
W, 4 - 1
Sunday, May 08
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 1
Tuesday, May 10
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
Friday, May 13
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 3 - 5
Saturday, May 14
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 3
Sunday, May 15
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 0 - 9
Tuesday, May 17
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
L, 3 - 4
Friday, May 20
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 4 - 12
Saturday, May 21
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 13 - 2
Sunday, May 22
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 4 - 10
Friday, May 27 - 4:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
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