Eight UCLA Baseball Players Sign Pro Contracts

July 10, 2012

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LOS ANGELES - Eight UCLA baseball players, including seven recent draft selections, have agreed to terms with their respective major league organizations and will forgo their remaining collegiate eligibility.

Juniors Jeff Gelalich (first round, supplemental), Beau Amaral (seventh round), Tyler Heineman (eighth round), Scott Griggs (eighth round), Trevor Brown (10th round) and Cody Keefer (15th round), redshirt junior Chase Brewer (free agent) and redshirt freshman Eric Jaffe (11th round) have signed professional contracts after having led UCLA to the 2012 Pac-12 Conference title and the program's fourth appearance at the College World Series.

"We are really proud of these guys, not only for what they've accomplished at UCLA, but also for taking that next step in their baseball careers," UCLA head coach John Savage said. "It's a credit to their dedication and hard work the last three seasons. These players were part of the most successful class in school history. They made a major impact at UCLA, winning back-to-back Pac-12 titles and playing twice at the College World Series in three years."

Gelalich and Amaral were both selected by the Cincinnati Reds and have started their minor league careers playing for the Billings Mustangs (Rookie level, Pioneer League). A first-team All-America selection by Baseball America, Gelalich led the Bruins with a .351 batting average and 11 home runs and was selected No. 57 overall by the Reds.

Amaral starred in center field for UCLA the past three seasons, batting .313 with four home runs, five triples, 10 doubles and a team-leading 63 runs in 2012.

Heineman was drafted by the Houston Astros after having excelled behind the plate in 2012. The switch-hitter from Pacific Palisades, Calif., batted .332 with one home run, 27 RBI and 42 runs as a junior last spring. Heineman is playing in the Astros' farm system for the Tri-City Valley Cats (single-A short season, New York-Penn League).

Griggs established UCLA's single-season saves record in 2012, logging 15 saves in 17 opportunities. The hard-throwing right-hander from Alamo, Calif., went 3-1 with a 2.65 ERA as the team's closer, totaling 64 strikeouts and 31 walks in 37.1 innings. Griggs was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers and has opened his professional career pitching out of the bullpen for the Ogden Raptors (Rookie level, Pioneer League).

Brown proved himself as one of UCLA's most talented, versatile players in recent memory. Playing first base, second base, third base, catcher and right field, Brown batted .321 with three home runs and a team-leading 52 RBI during his junior season. The native of Valencia, Calif., has opened his professional career playing for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (single-A short season, Northwest League).

Jaffe made eight relief appearances for the Bruins in 2012, allowing six hits in 7.2 scoreless innings. The redshirt freshman from Oakland was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the June MLB Draft.

Keefer batted .333 with one triple, 12 doubles, 37 RBI and 44 runs as a junior in 2012. The resident of Davis, Calif., was drafted by the Miami Marlins and ranked third on UCLA's ballclub with a .418 on-base percentage. He will begin his minor league career playing for the Jamestown Jammers (single-A short season, New-York Penn League).

Brewer recently signed as a non-drafted free agent with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The redshirt junior from Paradise Valley, Ariz., went 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA in 16.0 innings in 2012. He will begin his minor league career this weekend with the Yakima Bears (single-A short season, Northwest League).

The deadline for drafted baseball players to sign with their respective major league organizations is Friday, July 13, at 2 p.m. (PT)/5 p.m. (ET).



EVENT INFORMATION
UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
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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