Overview — This team leader will be looking to keep his starting position at shortstop … Is a solid, all-around player … “He had a fielding slump at one time last year, but he seems to have corrected anything that could even lead to a slump this year in the way of defense and he has improved his bat. Having him out there makes us a better team,” said Head Coach Gary Adams.
2000 (Summer) — Played shortstop for the Newark Raptors of the Northeastern League … Batted .301 with 12 stolen bases, five doubles and two triples … Helped team win its league and place third in the playoffs … Was selected as an all-star and was named All-Star Game MVP after going 2-2 … Had a game-winning hit in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Geneva Red Legs.
2000 (As A Junior) — Took over the starting shortstop position on March 12 vs. Bradley and started 43 of the last 45 games … Played in 53 games.
Notes: Led the Bruins with 10 sacrifice hits … Hit .364 (4-11) with three RBI during the Oklahoma City Regional … UCLA was 29-14 in the games that he started at shortstop … Batted leadoff in 18 games, and the Bruins were 15-3 in those games … Batted in the ninth spot in 25 games.
Inside the Numbers: Tied a career-high with three hits and reached base safely in all four at bats (including a walk) vs. Delaware on May 26 … Had a two-run single to cap a six-run third inning vs. Oklahoma in the regional title clinching game on May 28 … Knocked in the game-winning run with two outs and two runners on in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the Bruins an 8-7 win and three-game sweep of California on May 9 … After committing three errors vs. California on May 5, did not commit a miscue in the next nine games … Had first career hit as a Bruin at Cal State Fullerton on March 7 … Had a team-high three sacrifice hits at San Diego on March 29 … Went 3-3 with four runs scored, one walk and one RBI vs. San Diego State on March 14 … At Oregon State went 3-4 with a double and a run scored … Was 3-4 with two RBI at Washington State on April 29 … Hit .294 with runners in scoring position … Recorded nine multi-hit games and three multiple-RBI games.
1999 (As A Sophomore At Florida) - Hit .240 with one home run and seven RBI as a reserve infielder...Saw action in 28 games including four starts.
1998 (Summer) - Played for the Harrisonburg (Va.) Turks in the Valley League...Hit .176 with 10 runs batted in.
1998 (As A Freshman At Florida) - Played in 33 games and made two starts...Smacked an RBI triple against Illinois after entering the game as a defensive replacement in the NCAA Atlantic I Regional championship, lifting Florida to a 7-6 victory...Batted .161 with one home run and six RBI...Belted first career home run, a three-run shot, against Kentucky on April 4, 1998.
Carson HS (Carson, CA) - Earned three letters in baseball for coach Mike Kline...Named to the Daily Breeze All-Area second team, as well as All-City 4A-Division first team...Named MVP of the Southern Pacific Conference and selected to the South Bay Classic All-Star squad...Team claimed three Southern Pacific Conference titles during tenure there...As a senior hit .380 with three home runs and 25 RBI...Led team with 43 runs, 25 stolen bases and five triples...Also earned two letters in football.
Personal - Drafted in the 19th round by the Oakland Athletics in 1997...Parents are Isaac and Ritha Canales...Has two brothers, David and Jacob...Full name is Joshua Brubaker Canales...Born on Jan. 15, 1979, in Harbor City, Calif.
CAREER STATISTICS (1998-99 at FLORIDA, 2000 at UCLA)