June 8, 2010
IRVINE, Calif. --- Six current players on the UC Irvine Baseball team have been selected on the second day of the 2010 Major League Baseball draft.
Pitcher Daniel Bibona (Lake Forest/Santa Margarita HS) was the first to be picked and was an eighth-round choice by the St. Louis Cardinals. Bibona leaves UC Irvine as a two-time Big West Pitcher of the Year. The lefty hurled 94.1 innings, striking out 102 batters and walking just 15 while allowing 26 earned runs. Bibona was voted a two-time Big West Player of the Week this season and earned a spot in the All-Big West first team. The senior also was a USA Baseball Golden Spikes semifinalist and was voted to the Collegiate Baseball "Louisville Slugger" first-team All-American.
Ryan Fisher (Manteca/East Union HS) was taken in the 15th round by the Florida Marlins. The outfielder batted .308 this season with 40 hits and 20 RBI. He totaled 11 doubles and four home runs while scoring 24 runs in 38 starts. Fisher was solid in the postseason, putting together a 333 clip, including tying a season-best with three hits in the loss to LSU.
Jeff Cusick (Mission Viejo/Santa Margarita HS) is a second-team All-Big West selection and became UCI's all-time leader in doubles with 52. The first baseman, selected in the 18th round by the Philadelphia Phillies, was voted to the Los Angeles All-Regional Team after hitting .389 in four games with seven hits and six RBI. He led UCI with a .379 batting clip and paced the Anteaters in hits with 88, doubles with 21, RBI with 62 and walks with 26. The senior scored 43 runs and struck out just 10 times in 232 at bats. Cusick was named a Big West Player of the Week and a CollegeBaseball.com West Region Player of the Week this season.
Francis Larson (Yorba Linda/Esperanza HS) was a 22nd-round selection by the Los Angeles Angels. Larson, an All-Big West first-team catcher, posted his best postseason performance in 2010, batting .353 with six hits, eight RBI and three home runs to earn a spot on the Los Angeles All-Regional Team. The senior became UCI's all-time leader in home runs this season and has 25 in four years, hit .303 with 64 hits and 42 RBI. He earned Big West Player of the Week honors after leading UCI to a series win over Cal Poly.
Christian Bergman (Altadena/St. Francis HS) was the second UCI pitcher to be selected in the draft and was the 24th-round choice of the Colorado Rockies. Bergman was 9-3 this season and an All-Big West second-team honoree after hurling 101.2 innings and striking out 78 while walking just 16. Bergman pitched a near-perfect game this season, facing the minimum in a one-hit, complete-game win and was voted the Collegiate Baseball "Louisville Slugger" National Player of the Week for his effort. He concluded his collegiate career giving up just one run in three starts and 27.2 innings of work.
Casey Stevenson (Saugus/College of the Canyons) was a 25th-round pick by the New York Yankees. Stevenson, who led UCI in runs scored with 63, was an all-conference honorable mention after hitting .324 and sitting second on the team with 77 hits and third with 41 RBI. The second baseman was solid in the postseason for the third straight year, hitting .389 with seven hits and three RBI to earn a spot on the all-regional team.
Also selected on the second were UCI signees, pitcher Travis Garrett (Long Beach/Cypress College) and infielder Dillon Moyer (Bradenton, FL/Pendleton HS). Garrett was a Toronto Blue Jay choice in the 19th round while Moyer was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 22nd round.