Friday, 24 June 2016 13:12

Four Bruins Selected on Day Three of the MLB Draft

Written by  UCLA Official Press Release

Jackie Robinson StadiumLOS ANGELES – UCLA infielder Luke Persico and outfielders Eric Filia, Kort Peterson and Christoph Bono were each selected on day three of the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft on Saturday. The junior, Persico, was selected by the Oakland Athletics as the 352nd overall pick in the 12th round, the senior, Filia, was selected by the Seattle Mariners as the 597th overall pick in the 20th round, the junior, Peterson, was selected by the Kansas City Royals as the 703rd overall pick in the 23rd round and the senior Bono, was selected by the San Francisco Giants as the 1,115th overall pick in the 37th  round.

In 12 seasons as UCLA's Head Coach, John Savage has now produced 82 MLB Draft selections, including 30 players being drafted within the first 10 rounds. Today’s pick brings the program’s total to 264 all-time MLB Draft selections.

Persico appeared in 55 games this season, making 54 starts split between third base and first base. The Stevenson Ranch, Calif. native led the team with a .323 average and finished fifth in the conference with 73 hits. He racked up a team-high 22 multi-hit games and recorded at least one hit in 19 of the final 23 games. Persico excelled during conference play, leading the team with a .339 average to go along with a team-high 21 runs scored in 30 games. Since arriving in Westwood, Persico has played in all but three games for UCLA, making 170 appearances over his three seasons.

Filia, an All-Pac-12 team honoree, finished the season with a .295 average and led the team in home runs (3) and walks (41). His walk total ranked second most in the conference and he finished as the only Bruin with more walks than strikeouts, posting a 2.1-to-1 walk to strikeout ratio. The Huntington Beach, Calif. native reached base in 49 of his 55 games played, recording at least one hit in 40 of those contests. Proving to be a versatile player, Filia also made seven starts at first base this season after solely serving as an outfielder and designated hitter prior to this season. A prominent member of the 2013 National Championship team, Filia was named to the All-College World Series Team after driving in five runs in the title clinching game.

Peterson, a Pac-12 Player of the Week recipient this season, was one of two players to start all 56 games, split between designated hitter, left field and right field. The Mountain View, Calif. native hit .271 with 36 runs and a team-high tying 36 RBI. Peterson led the team in triples (5) and steals, converting 12-of-17 stolen base attempts. Totaling 36 walks and a team-high 14 hit by pitch, Peterson also led the team with an on-base percentage of .416. Showing a flair for the dramatic, the junior outfielder recorded two walk-off hits including a walk-off home run to defeat Texas on March 12.

Bono was one of three players to appear in all 56 games this season, making 52 starts in center field. The Palo Alto, Calif. native finished his UCLA career with 228 appearances, one of just 15 players since 1975 to play in at least 200 games for the Bruins. His nine career triples are tied for sixth all-time in school history. This season he hit .183 with 25 runs and 20 RBI to go with 10 steals which ranked second on the team. Turning up his power production in conference play, Bono tied for the team-high with two home runs during Pac-12 play.

Persico, Filia, Peterson and Bono join Grant Dyer, who was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies yesterday, as Bruins to be drafted in the 2016 MLB Draft.

Additionally, UCLA commits Michael Toglia (1,040th pick, 35th round) and Ryan Kreidler (1064th pick, 35th round) and Jeremy Ydens (1,216th, 40th round) were selected on day three of the draft.

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