Wednesday, 10 June 2015 14:30

Cody Poteet and David Berg Selected on Day Two of MLB Draft

Written by  UCLA Official Press Release

Berg D 350LOS ANGELES – UCLA right-handed pitchers Cody Poteet and David Berg were each selected on day two of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft on Tuesday. The junior, Poteet, was selected by the Miami Marlins as the 116th overall pick in the fourth round and the senior, Berg, was selected by the Chicago Cubs as the 173rd overall selection in the sixth round.

In 11 seasons as UCLA's Head Coach, John Savage has now produced 73 MLB Draft selections, including 29 players being drafted within the first 10 rounds. Poteet and Berg represent the program’s 254th and 255th all-time MLB Draft selections.

Poteet set new career-bests in wins and ERA this season, posting a 7-1 record with a 2.45 ERA in 27 appearances (13 starts). His 68 strikeouts ranked second on the team and he held opposing batters to a .230 average over 73.1 innings. A two-time Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention selection, Poteet has racked up 14 wins in his career at UCLA and currently ranks second on the team in career starts (39). The Bonita, Calif. native was previously selected out of high school in the 27thround of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Washington Nationals.

Earning Louisville Slugger first team All-American honors, Berg became the fourth UCLA pitcher, and third in the last five seasons, to be named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year this season. A 17th round selection of the Texas Rangers last season, Berg went 7-1 with a 0.68 ERA (3rd in the nation) and 13 saves over 43 appearances (1st in the nation) in 2015. The Covina, Calif. native recorded 65 strikeouts and eight walks in 66.2 innings, posting the nation’s eighth best strikeout-to-walk ratio (8.13/1). In Pac-12 play, Berg allowed just one earned run, posting a 5-0 record with 0.22 ERA and eight saves in 22 appearances.

A finalist for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award and Dick Howser Trophy, Berg set the new NCAA record for career appearances at 175 and finished just four saves away from tying the NCAA record for career saves. The NCBWA District IX Player of the Year pitched a career-high six innings twice this season and threw one perfect inning on May 15 to pair with James Kaprielian for the program’s first ever no-hitter. The Bishop Amat High School alum was named to the All-Pac-12 first team in all four seasons in Westwood, joining Cal’s Lance Blankenship (1983-1986) and Oregon State’s Pete Rowe (1974-1977) as the only players to achieve that feat.

Poteet and Berg join James Kaprielian (16th pick, 1st round) and Kevin Kramer (62nd pick, 2nd round), who were selected on day one, as 2015 draftees.

Additionally, UCLA commits Kolby Allard (14th pick, 1st round), Tyler Nevin (38th pick, Competitive Balance Round A), Peter Lambert (44th pick, 2nd round) and Lucas Herbert (54th pick, 2nd round) were selected on day one.

The final day featuring rounds 11-40 will be tomorrow, June 10, beginning at 9:00am PT. The final day can be watched live on MLB.com.

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