Bouchard was one of UCLA’s best hitters. He led the team with 27 extra-base hits including 9 home runs, 16 doubles and 2 triples. He also led the team with 43 RBIs, and 39 runs scored.
He was the only player on the team to start all 57 games at first base this season.
While Bouchard was the only current Bruin taken on Day 2 of the MLB Draft this year, UCLA did have another member of its 2017 recruiting class selected yesterday.
Right-handed pitcher Jeremiah Estrada of Palm Desert High School became the third Bruin recruit selected in this year’s draft when he was chosen by the Chicago Cubs in the sixth round.
He may, however, have been drafted low enough to come to Westwood in the Fall. MLB.com’s draft preview of Estrada states:
To some evaluators, he's lost that edge, so any team considering him in the early rounds will be doing so based on the right-hander they saw over the summer. Seeing him head to UCLA for college seems a distinct possibility at this point.
Well, considering John Savage’s track record of getting pitchers drafted in the top two rounds, joining the Bruins may very well be Estrada’s best choice.
The draft will start its third and final day today at 9 am PT and can be watched on MLB.com.