June 7, 2007
LOS ANGELES - UCLA right-handed pitcher Brant Rustich was selected by the New York Mets in the second round of the Major League Baseball Draft Thursday afternoon. Rustich, the 93rd overall selection in the 2007 draft, became the 28th baseball player in school history to be chosen in the first two rounds.
Rustich, a hard-throwing 6-foot-6-inch right-hander from El Cajon, Calif., leads the Bruins with six saves this season. The redshirt junior has tallied a 3-2 record and a 6.67 ERA in 20 appearances, striking out 28 batters in 29.2 innings. Rustich limited hitters to a .265 clip and made one start midway through the season.
"I was definitely ecstatic when I heard that the Mets chose me in the second round," Rustich said. "I can't help but think of all the people who have been there to support me throughout my career."
Rustich becomes just the seventh Bruin to have been chosen by the New York Mets. At least one UCLA ballplayer has been selected within the first two rounds in three of the past four drafts. The former Grossmont High School standout received a medical redshirt in 2006 after suffering a finger injury. Rustich recorded a 1.50 ERA with 10 strikeouts in 6.0 innings of relief that season.
The 2007 draft marks the 37th consecutive year in which one or more UCLA baseball players have been selected by a Major League Baseball team. Last season, the Bruins tied a program record as 12 players were chosen by major league clubs (highest total among all college baseball programs in 2006).