Former No. 1 overall draft pick to start for the Pirates on Tuesday night.
Capped his three-year career with an excellent junior season, helping lead UCLA to the 2000 NCAA Super Regionals at Louisiana State...compiled a .342 career batting average...twice earned All-Pac-10 team honors...selected in the first round (15th overall) of the 2000 MLB Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies...wore jersey number 7 as a junior (2000); worse jersey number 27 as a freshman (1998) and sophomore (1999).
Started all 64 games...was second on the team with a .382 batting average...secured All-Pac-10 team honors for the second consecutive season...earned first-team All-America honors from The Sporting News, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)...was named a third-team All-America selection by Collegiate Baseball...had a fantastic junior campaign before being selected in the first round (15th overall) of the 2000 MLB Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies...collected 17 doubles, two triples and 22 home runs...recorded 69 RBI, a team-leading 81 runs and a .448 on-base percentage...led the Bruins on the basepaths, stealing 15 bases in 16 attempts...entered his junior season ranked No. 16 on Baseball America's list of the top-150 draft-eligible college prospects...helped lead UCLA to its first-ever NCAA Super Regional (64-team tournament and Super Regional field began in 1999)...the Bruins swept the NCAA Regional at Oklahoma City, Okla.
Played for the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod League...was joined in Cotuit by UCLA teammates Garrett Atkins and Ryan Carter...was the starting second baseman in the Cape Cod League All-Star Game...batted .322, the fifth-highest average that summer in the Cape Cod League...totaled five home runs and 33 RBI (third in the league) in 36 games.
Started all 62 games at second base...was the only Bruin to play in every single inning...batted .317, the third-highest mark on the team...earned All-Pac-10 team honors...named a first-team All-America selection by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)...finished his sophomore season with 16 home runs, two triples, 13 doubles and a .380 on-base percentage...registered 56 RBI, the second-highest total on the team, and scored 66 runs, tied for the team lead with Bill Scott (and ranked fourth in the Pac-10 Conference)...hit safely in 51 of 62 games...named to Baseball America's sophomore All-America midseason team (second-team selection)...earned GTE Student-Athlete of the Week accolades (April 12-18), batting .500 (9-for-18) with two homers and nine RBI...batted .412 (7-for-17) with four runs, two doubles and two home runs in the 1999 Wichita Regional...batted .382 with 19 runs, 20 RBI and five homers (two game-winning grand slams) during a season-best 15-game hitting streak (March 29-April 27)...batted .355 in Pac-10 play (third on team)...had 15 multi-RBI games (second on team) and 24 multi-hit games (third on team)...earned ABCA first-team All-West District honors...belted two home runs, including the game-winning grand slam in the bottom of the ninth and totaled six RBI (April 18), to help UCLA sweep Arizona State for the first time since 1986...had a 16-game errorless streak (March 27-April 25)...committed just 13 errors in 310 chances.
Played for the Brewster Whitecaps of the Cape Cod League...was joined in Brewster by UCLA teammate Chad Cislak...helped lead Brewster to a first-place finish during the regular season...one of four rising sophomores in the Cape Cod League to bat over .300 (batted .304)...had four hits, including the game-winning home run in a win against the Cotuit Kettleers (and UCLA teammate Garrett Atkins) in a regular-season game.
Played in 53 games, making 44 starts...batted .320 and belted 15 home runs, becoming just one of four Bruins to club 10 or more home runs...set UCLA's all-time freshman home run record with 15 round-trippers (previous high was 13 by Bob Hamelin in 1987; Utley's record was later broken by Wes Whisler, who had 18 home runs in 2002)...earned Freshman All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball...finished his freshman campaign with 11 doubles, 49 RBI, 35 runs and a .363 on-base percentage...belted seven home runs in his final six games, including five homers in his last three games...concluded the season with an 11-game hitting streak (.349 average in that span, going 15-for-43)...started 33 games at shortstop and 11 games as the designated hitter...began the season as the team's starting shortstop and finished the year platooning as the designated hitter...finished second on the team and tied for seventh in the Pac-10 in home runs (15)...was tied for second on the team with 14 multiple-RBI games...led UCLA in the month of May with seven homers and 13 RBI...his 11-game hitting streak was tied for the second longest on the team for the season...was one of three Bruins, along with Chad Cislak and Rob Henkel, to participate in the 1997 USA Baseball Fall Trials.
Batted .525 with 12 home runs, six triples, six doubles and 48 RBI as a senior at Long Beach Polytechnic...stole 12 bases in 13 attempts...struck out twice and drew 16 walks...earned All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America, the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and the National High School Baseball Coaches Association (NHSBCA).
Full name: Chase Cameron Utley...selected in the second round of the 1997 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers...listed greatest athletic thrill as having played at the 1999 Wichita Regional...favorite player is Shawn Green...was also recruited by Oklahoma, Long Beach State, Cal State Fullerton, UC Santa Barbara, Nevada and Loyola Marymount...is the older of David and Terrell Utley's two children...has one younger sister, Taylor Ann...born Dec. 12, 1978, in Pasadena, Calif...sociology major.