Nov. 21, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Former UCLA baseball player Josh Roenicke has been ranked the ninth-best prospect in the Cincinnati Reds organization by Baseball America, the national magazine announced Wednesday. Roenicke, who played center field and pitched in relief while at UCLA, earned a mid-season promotion to Cincinnati's double-A affiliate (Sarasota Reds) in 2007.
In 27 relief appearances for Sarasota, Roenicke recorded 16 saves and a 2-1 record. The right-hander logged 41 strikeouts and issued 15 walks in 27.2 innings.
Roenicke, a four-year baseball letterwinner at UCLA, made 19 relief appearances for the Chattanooga Lookouts (single-A), totaling eight saves and a 1-1 record. He opened the season recording 15 strikeouts and six walks in 19.0 innings prior to his promotion.
Roenicke saw action on the mound at UCLA as a sophomore in 2004 and as a senior in 2006. His senior season, Roenicke registered a 3.46 ERA and 2-3 record in 16 relief appearances. He tallied four saves, striking out 13 batters and issuing seven walks in 13.0 innings.
At the plate, Roenicke posted a career .262 batting average and a .317 on-base percentage, totaling 14 doubles, 37 runs and 45 RBI in 123 games.
Roenicke was selected in the 10th round of the 2006 MLB Draft by the Cincinnati Reds.
Earlier this month in the magazine's team-by-team prospect rankings, Baseball America selected former Bruin Brant Rustich as the New York Mets' sixth-best prospect.