The deadline for signing 2013 MLB draft choices is tomorrow (except, I believe, for players still playing college ball after the draft, like our champion Bruins).
Here is the current scorecard for the incoming freshman class-
Scott Burke- RHP- drafted 31st round by Astros- unsigned and presumably coming to Westwood. Fairly easy to assume that a better than 31st round result would ensue with 3 years of tutelage from John Savage
Dustin Driver- RHP- drafted 7th round by Athletics- SIGNED. UCLA loses the #22 high school prospect per Baseball America ranking
Steve Farinaro- RHP- drafted 11th round by Cardinals- SIGNED
Gosuke Katoh- Infielder- drafted 2nd round by Yankees- SIGNED. Always tough to lose a position player. Was ranked best 2nd baseman in the country by Perfect Game USA.
Dominic Miroglio- catcher- drafted 40th round by Athletics- unsigned and presumably coming to Westwood. Good to have a position player in the incoming class.
Dominic Nunez- infielder- drafted 6th round by Rockies- SIGNED. Another lost position player. UCLA loses the #54 high school prospect per Baseball America ranking
Luke Persico- outfielder- drafted 37th round by Rockies- unsigned and presumably coming to Westwood. Another position player in the incoming class.
Kort Peterson- outfielder- not drafted and presumably coming to Westwood
Brett Stephens- outfielder- not drafted and presumably coming to Westwood
Jonah Wesely- LHP- drafted 11th round by Angels- SIGNED. UCLA loses the #61 high school prospect per Baseball America ranking.
Sounds like a pretty deep slash in the incoming class. Without knowing the particulars, losing a 2nd round position player to the Yankees is not surprising. But losing 2 pitchers from the 11th round is, considering where UCLA pitchers are typically drafted after 3 years with John Savage.
The key is not the absolute loss. The key is the relative loss, compared to recruits at other schools, and how many of them took the cash rather than committing to college for 3 years. Any insight on this score would be appreciated.
In terms of current players, Zach Weiss signed yesterday after being drafted in the 6th round by the Reds. Pat Valaika signed on July 1 after being drafted in the 9th round by the Rockies. Brenton Allen also signed on July 1 after being drafted in the 20th round by the Nationals. Ryan Deeter signed yesterday after being drafted in the 32nd round by the Brewers. Nick Vander Tuig, Adam Plutko and Kevin Williams have not signed yet, but as mentioned above, there is presumably an extended deadline for players drafted but who were still playing college ball.