June 8, 2007
LOS ANGELES - UCLA right-handed pitcher Kevin Brophy was selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 21st round of the Major League Baseball Draft on Friday, June 8. Brophy recorded the staff's lowest ERA, a 2.65 mark, collecting 15 strikeouts in 17.0 innings of relief.
The Menifee, Calif., resident has surrendered just three runs in his last 14 games and has pitched two innings or more in four of his relief appearances. In his four years at UCLA, Brophy has pitched in 74 games, the most pitching appearances of any current Bruin. The former Paloma Valley High School standout has registered a 4.40 career ERA in 75.2 innings of relief.
As a freshman in 2004, Brophy led the Bruins with 29 pitching appearances and compiled a 5-2 record. The following season (2005), he appeared in 23 games out of the bullpen and held the opposition hitless in five outings. As a junior in 2006, Brophy allowed just one earned run in seven innings of relief.
Brophy becomes just the second Bruin to have ever been drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the third UCLA ballplayer to have been selected this season. Redshirt junior Brant Rustich was drafted by the New York Mets in the second round of the draft on Thursday. Senior Tyson Brummett was selected Friday morning in the seventh round of the draft by the Philadelphia Phillies.
The 2007 draft marks the 37th consecutive season in which one or more UCLA baseball players have been selected by a Major League Baseball team. In 2006, the Bruins tied a program record as 12 players were chosen by major league clubs.