Tuesday, 09 June 2015 13:00

Kevin Kramer Selected No. 62 by the Pittsburgh Pirates

Written by  UCLA Official Press Release

Kramer K 350LOS ANGELES – UCLA redshirt junior shortstop Kevin Kramer was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates as the 62nd overall selection in the second round of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft on Monday evening.

In 11 seasons as UCLA's Head Coach, John Savage has now produced 71 MLB Draft selections, including 27 players being drafted within the first 10 rounds. Kramer marks the program’s 253rd all-time MLB Draft selection.

After missing last season due to injury, Kramer started all 61 games at shortstop this season, earning his first All-Pac-12 first team honor. Kramer finished the season ranked second in runs (55) and fourth in hits (82) in the conference, while posting a career-high .323 average. The Turlock, Calif. native racked up 23 extra-base hits, including a team-high tying seven home runs.

A semifinalist for the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award, Kramer had a team-high 159 assists and helped spur 28 double-plays. The 2013 honorable mention All-Pac-12 honoree set or tied single game career-highs in at-bats, runs, hits, RBI, doubles, triples, homeruns and stolen bases this season.

The starting third baseman on the 2013 National Championship winning team, Kramer finishes his UCLA career with a .297 batting average to go with 114 runs and 89 RBI.

Kramer is the second Bruin to be selected on day one of the MLB Draft, joining James Kaprielian who was selected as the 16th overall pick in the first round by the New York Yankees.

Rounds 3-10 will be tomorrow, June 9, beginning at 10:00am PT and rounds 11-40 will be Wednesday, June 10, beginning at 9:00am PT. The final two days can be watched live on MLB.com.

 

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