Former Bruins Earn High Marks from Baseball America

Jan. 23, 2007

Los Angeles - Baseball America has tabbed five former UCLA baseball players - Dave Huff, Hector Ambriz, Wes Whisler, Ben Francisco and Paul Oseguera - as the top prospects within their respective Major League Baseball organizations, according to the publication's 2007 prospect guide.

Huff, a key starter on UCLA's pitching staff in 2006, has been ranked the No. 10 prospect in the Cleveland Indians' organization. Last summer, the left-handed pitcher logged 7.2 innings in four games for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers (short A). In the spring, Huff led the Bruins' staff with 129.2 innings pitched and 100 strikeouts. A first-round draft selection by Cleveland, Huff recorded a 7-4 record and 2.98 ERA as a junior at UCLA.

Ambriz, a three-year letterwinner at UCLA (2003, 2005-06) and key starter last season, has been slated as the No. 22 prospect in the Arizona Diamondbacks farm system. In 15 games with the Missoula Osprey (rookie) last summer, Ambriz recorded 52 strikeouts and issued just 11 walks in 42.1 innings. The right-hander posted a 1-3 record and 1.91 ERA for Missoula and recorded three saves. Drafted in the fourth round by Arizona, Ambriz combined with starting pitcher Osbek Castillo to combine for a no-hitter against the Casper Rockies on Aug. 20. The Placentia, Calif. native pitched in 57 games over three years for UCLA, totaling 249 career strikeouts in 296.0 innings.

Whisler, a three-year letterwinner at UCLA (2002-04), has been ranked the No. 29 prospect in the Chicago White Sox organization. Last summer, Whisler split time between the Winston-Salem Warthogs (advanced A, Carolina League) and the Birmingham Barons (AA, Southern League). He made 20 starts on the mound for Winston-Salem, posting a 2.97 ERA in 118.1 innings pitched. Whisler recorded a 4.43 ERA and 2-3 record in 44.2 innings for Birmingham. In three years at UCLA, he accumulated a .304 batting average, 34 home runs and 129 RBI at the plate. As a pitcher, he compiled an 11-14 record, a 4.99 ERA and 172 strikeouts.

Francisco, a two-year letterwinner at UCLA (2001-02), earned honorable mention accolades from Baseball America as a member of the Cleveland Indians organization. One year ago, Francisco recorded a .278 batting average in 134 games for the Buffalo Bisons (triple-A). An outfielder from Santa Ana, Calif., Francisco tallied 17 home runs, 32 doubles and 59 RBI for Buffalo. He played for the Tomateros de Culiacán (Mexican Pacific League) in December 2006 and posted a .280 batting average in 66 games. While at UCLA, Francisco compiled a .358 batting average, 12 home runs and 79 RBI.

Oseguera, the Bruins' top relief pitcher in 2006, was named an honorable mention by Baseball America as a prospect in the San Francisco Giants farm system. Last summer, the southpaw posted a 2-1 record and 3.72 ERA in 29.0 innings for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (short A). A two-year letterwinner at UCLA, Oseguera excelled as a junior last season, recording a 1.66 ERA in a team-high 29 appearances. He registered 47 strikeouts and just nine walks in 48.2 innings and compiled a 3-1 record.


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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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