Sept. 26, 2008
LAKELAND, Fla. - Former UCLA second baseman Alden Carrithers has been named the Gulf Coast League (GCL) Tigers' Player of the Year by Scout.com. Carrithers, a 15th-round draft pick by the Detroit Tigers in June 2008, finished first on the GCL Tigers in numerous offensive categories including batting average and on-base percentage.
Carrithers, who thrived as UCLA's starting second baseman the past two seasons, posted a .316 batting average and league-best .464 on-base percentage in 39 games. Carrithers also drew a team-leading 28 walks, tied for the third highest total among all GCL players. The Portland, Ore., resident posted team highs with 21 runs and 16 stolen bases (in 17 attempts).
A second-team Division I All-West Region selection at the conclusion of the 2008 season, Carrithers led the Bruins with a .377 average and .484 on-base percentage en route to earning 2008 team most valuable player accolades. Carrithers started 59 games for UCLA last spring, capturing All-Pac-10 team honors.
Carrithers posted the highest batting average and on-base percentage in a single season by a Bruin ballplayer since Brian Baron hit .443 and logged a .487 on-base percentage in 2001.
In 2007, Carrithers hit at a .352 clip in all 61 games, as UCLA advanced to the NCAA Super Regional at Cal State Fullerton. He finished his two-year Bruin career with a .364 batting average, the sixth-highest career average on record in school history.