UCLA Baseball Well Represented on MLB's Opening Day

April 5, 2012

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LOS ANGELES - Six former UCLA standouts open the 2012 Major League Baseball season this week on major league rosters. In addition, over 25 baseball alumni will continue their professional careers this summer playing minor league baseball.

Brandon Crawford (San Francisco), Ben Francisco (Toronto), Casey Janssen (Toronto) and Josh Roenicke (Colorado) open the season Thursday and Friday for their respective major league clubs on active rosters. David Huff (Cleveland) and Chase Utley (Philadelphia) are currently on the disabled list.

At least one player from UCLA baseball team spanning 1965 through 2008 has competed in the major leagues. A handful of Bruins from the last three seasons, including top prospects Trevor Bauer (Arizona) and Gerrit Cole (Pittsburgh), could break through in the majors as early as this season.

Crawford (2006-08) played in 66 games for San Francisco in 2011, and enters this season projected as San Francisco's starting shortstop. Francisco (2001-02) was traded from the Philadelphia Phillies to the Toronto Blue Jays in the offseason and should compete for playing time in the outfield and off the bench.

Janssen (2001-04) missed the 2008 season with a shoulder injury, but has revitalized his career in Toronto's bullpen, recently signing a three-year extension with the Blue Jays. Roenicke (2003-06) was traded from Toronto to Colorado midway through last season, was elevated to the major league club in the second half of the year and will open this season contributing out of Colorado's bullpen.

Huff (2006) is currently nursing a strained right hamstring and is listed on the 15-day disabled list.

Utley (1998-2000) is out indefinitely with a knee injury. The Phillies' second baseman has led Philadelphia to two National League titles, one World Series championship and has been selected to play in four MLB All-Star Games.

UCLA's recent ballplayers have continued to ascend the minor league ranks. With minor league rosters still being set, three players are projected to open the season on triple-A rosters, and 10 minor leaguers are expected to begin the year with double-A teams.

Hector Ambriz (Cleveland) and Wes Whisler (Chicago White Sox) both have major league experience and will begin the season at the triple-A level.

Ron Roenicke, who played at UCLA in 1977, begins his second season as the Milwaukee Brewers' manager. Torey Lovullo, who starred for the Bruins from 1984-87, is now in his second season as the Toronto Blue Jays' first base coach. Dave Roberts, who played at UCLA from 1991-94 and became the school's all-time leader in stolen bases, begins his second year as the San Diego Padres' first base coach.

Players from the last four seasons who could push for a spot on major league rosters this season include Bauer, Cole, Charles Brewer (Arizona, double-A), Jermaine Curtis (St. Louis, triple-A), Cody Decker (San Diego, double-A), Dan Klein (Baltimore, double-A), Brendan Lafferty (Kansas City, double-A), Tim Murphy (Texas, double-A) and Rob Rasmussen (Miami, double-A).

In the 92-year history of UCLA's baseball program, 67 Bruins have had the opportunity to play Major League baseball. The most recent UCLA player to make his major league debut was Crawford (San Francisco) on May 27, 2011. Crawford belted a go-ahead grand slam in that game for San Francisco at Milwaukee.



EVENT INFORMATION
UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
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
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
L, 0 - 1
Saturday, May 28
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
L, 0 - 3
Sunday, May 29
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
L, 0 - 6
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