Saturday, 11 June 2016 14:23

UCLA's Grant Dyer Selected on Day Two of the MLB Draft

Written by  UCLA Official Press Release

Jackie Robinson StadiumLOS ANGELES – UCLA right-handed pitcher Grant Dyer was selected on day two of the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft on Friday. The junior, Dyer, was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies as the 227th overall pick in the eighth round.

In 12 seasons as UCLA's Head Coach, John Savage has now produced 78 MLB Draft selections, including 30 players being drafted within the first 10 rounds. Today’s pick brings the program’s total to 260 all-time MLB Draft selections.

Dyer moved back into the rotation in 2016, posting a record of 4-4 with a 4.50 ERA over 13 starts. The Dana Hills, Calif. native struck out 70 batters over 80 innings and posted a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 2.9/1. He racked up at least five strikeouts seven times and struck out nine twice, setting a new career-high. Dyer held opponents to a .243 batting average against, second lowest on the team, and totaled three complete games. Serving as the set-up man in 2015, Dyer earned All-Pac-12 acclaim after posting a 4-2 record with a 1.83 ERA and 65 strikeouts over 59 innings.

Additionally, UCLA commits Mickey Moniak (1st pick, 1st round), Blake Rutherford (18th pick, 1st round) and Kevin Gowdy (42nd pick, 2nd round) were selected on day one of the draft yesterday.

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