Tuesday, 16 June 2015 14:01

UCLA Baseball to Send 23 Players to Summer Leagues

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Jackie Robinson StadiumLOS ANGELES – The UCLA Baseball program is set to send 23 players to various summer baseball leagues around the country, including the Cape Cod League, New England League, Northwoods League and West Coast League.

The prestigious Cape Cod League will host four Bruins who each featured prominently for the team in 2015. Junior right-handed pitcher Grant Dyer, a 2015 first team All-Pac-12 honoree, will compete for the Wareham Gatemen, while junior first baseman Luke Persico, who hit .285 with 43 RBI, will play for the Chatham Anglers. Rounding out the group, a pair of junior left-handed hitting outfielders, Kort Peterson and Brett Stephens, will be going to the Cotuit Kettleers. Peterson led the Bruins with 15 steals last season, while Stephens hit .298 with a team-high four triples.

The New England League will also feature four UCLA student-athletes. Redshirt freshman left-handed pitcher Garrett Barker and junior right-handed pitcher Scott Burke, will head to the Valley Blue Sox. Additionally, sophomore infielder Sean Bouchard, a West Coast League All-Star last summer, and redshirt junior catcher Darrell Miller Jr., a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award this season, will compete for the Newport Gulls.

A total of seven Bruins will play in the Northwoods League. Junior right-handed pitcher Moises Ceja and sophomore infielder Nick Valaika will play for the Duluth Huskies, while redshirt freshman first baseman Zander Clarke and incoming freshman right-handed pitcher Jack Ralston will play for the La Crosse Loggers. After missing last season, redshirt junior outfielder Eric Filia will compete for the Kenosha Kingfish and redshirt freshmen right-handed pitchers Nathan Hadley and Matt Walker will appear for the Mankato MoonDogs and Rochester Honkers respectively.

A group of eight UCLA players will make their way to the West Coast League, appearing for four different squads. The incoming freshmen battery of right-handed pitcher Kyle Molnar and catcher Mike Benson will compete for the Walla Walla Sweets, while another pair of incoming freshmen, outfielder Daniel Amaral and right-handed pitcher Brian Gadsby will play for the Wenatchee AppleSox. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Jake Bird, who posted a 1.38 ERA in nine appearances last season, will pair with incoming freshman utility player Dayton Provost for the Yakima Valley Pippins and redshirt freshman infielder Scott Jarvis will join incoming freshman utility player Jake Pries in Victoria with the HarbourCats.

NAME                                                   POS.                      YEAR                     TEAM                                                    LEAGUE                               

Daniel Amaral                                    OF                          Fr.                           Wenatchee AppleSox                    West Coast League

Garrett Barker                                   LHP                        RS Fr.                     Valley Blue Sox                                 New England League

Mike Benson                                     C                             Fr.                           Walla Walla Sweets                         West Coast League

Jake Bird                                              RHP                        So.                          Yakima Valley Pippins                     West Coast League

Sean Bouchard                                  INF                         So.                          Newport Gulls                                   New England League

Scott Burke                                         RHP                        Jr.                           Valley Blue Sox                                 New England League

Moises Ceja                                       RHP                        Jr.                           Duluth Huskies                                  Northwoods League

Zander Clarke                                    1B                           RS Fr.                     La Crosse Loggers                            Northwoods League

Grant Dyer                                          RHP                        Jr.                           Wareham Gatemen                        Cape Cod League

Eric Filia                                                OF                          RS Jr.                     Kenosha Kingfish                             Northwoods League

Brian Gadsby                                     RHP                        Fr.                           Wenatchee AppleSox                    West Coast League

Nathan Hadley                                  RHP                        RS Fr.                     Mankato MoonDogs                      Northwoods League

Scott Jarvis                                          INF                         RS Fr.                     Victoria HarbourCats                      West Coast League

Darrell Miller Jr.                                C                             RS Jr.                     Newport Gulls                                   New England League

Kyle Molnar                                        RHP                        Fr.                           Walla Walla Sweets                         West Coast League

Luke Persico                                       1B                           Jr.                           Chatham Anglers                             Cape Cod League

Kort Peterson                                    OF                          Jr.                           Cotuit Kettleers                                Cape Cod League

Jake Pries                                            UTIL                       Fr.                           Victoria HarbourCats                      West Coast League

Dayton Provost                                 UTIL                       Fr.                           Yakima Valley Pippins                     West Coast League

Jack Ralston                                        RHP                        Fr.                           La Crosse Loggers                            Northwoods League

Brett Stephens                                 OF                          Jr.                           Cotuit Kettleers                                Cape Cod League

Nick Valaika                                        INF                         So.                          Duluth Huskies                                  Northwoods League

Matt Walker                                       RHP                        RS Fr.                     Rochester Honkers                         Northwoods League

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