June 5, 2008
LOS ANGELES - UCLA left-handed pitcher Tim Murphy and infielders Brandon Crawford and Jermaine Curtis were selected in the third, fourth and fifth rounds, respectively, of the 2008 MLB Draft on Thursday afternoon. All three juniors played instrumental roles in leading the UCLA baseball team to three consecutive postseason appearances (2006-2008) for the first time in school history.
Murphy, the 89th overall selection in the draft, was drafted by the Texas Rangers. Crawford was chosen by the San Francisco Giants as the draft's 117th overall selection. Curtis was drafted in the fifth round as the 155th overall pick by the St. Louis Cardinals.
Murphy, a junior from Vista, Calif., registered a 3.34 ERA, the lowest mark on the Bruins' staff and the fourth-best ERA among all Pac-10 pitchers. Murphy's team-leading totals of 111 strikeouts and 102.1 innings currently rank first and second, respectively, in the Pac-10 Conference.
An 11th-round draft pick by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2005, Murphy finished has logged career totals with a 4.34 ERA, 10-10 record and 207 strikeouts in 178.1 innings. Averaging 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings over the past two years, Murphy did not pitch at UCLA until his sophomore season (2007).
"Tim was a tremendous player for our program," UCLA head coach John Savage said. "His competitiveness showed up every day. We are very proud of his accomplishments and are looking forward to watching him progress through professional baseball."
In each of the last two seasons, Crawford belted seven home runs and registered more than 50 RBI (51 in 2008, 55 in 2007). A five-tool player at shortstop, Crawford earned All-Pac-10 team honors in 2007 and captured honorable mention All-Pac-10 accolades in 2006 and 2008.
In 2008, Crawford recorded 20 multi-hit games, including two four-hit efforts. Crawford tied for the team lead with 24 multi-hit games in 2007 and registered 23 multi-hit efforts as a freshman in 2006.
Crawford competed for the U.S. National Team during the summer of 2006 after having started at shortstop in all 58 games his freshman season. In each of three seasons at UCLA, Crawford hit above .300, totaling a career-best .335 average as a sophomore (2007).
"Brandon has been one of the best shortstops in the Pac-10 Conference over the past three seasons," Savage said. "He is a tremendous five-tool player."
Curtis, who started all 60 games at third base for the Bruins in 2008, posted a career .321 batting average the past three seasons at UCLA. The Fontana, Calif., resident has compiled three-year totals of 38 doubles, six triples, six home runs, 80 RBI, 110 runs and 15 stolen bases. Curtis was named an All-Pac-10 selection in 2007 and earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 accolades in 2006 and 2008.
Among the most durable performers for the Bruins, Curtis was named the Long Beach Regional All-Tournament Most Valuable Player in June 2007, after having led UCLA to a sweep of the Long Beach Regional at Blair Field. One year later, Curtis earned Fullerton Regional All-Tournament Team honors.
"Jermaine has been one of the best all-around players in our program the past three seasons," Savage said. "He has put in a lot of hard work and dedication at UCLA, and we wish him the best of luck in his future."
The second day of the two-day MLB Draft begins at 8:30 a.m. (PT) on Friday, June 6. Updated information regarding drafted Bruins will be available online at uclabruins.com.