June 5, 2001
Six UCSB Baseball players were taken on on the first day of the 2001 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft.
Jared Schumaker (5th, Cardinals), Jim Bullard (9th, White Sox), Jamie Gonzales (12th, Tigers), Dave Molidor (14th, Reds), Tyler Von Schell (15, Giants) and Jeff Bannon (18th, Reds) were each selected, with several more Gauchos hopeful of being drafted in the next two days. Twenty rounds were completed on the first day.
Schumaker hit .400 as a redshirt sophomore center fielder, but was drafted to play shortstop, his natural position. Bullard, a lefty and also a redshirt sophomore, was the highest Gaucho pitcher taken. Gonzales, the Gauchos' stellar senior closer, was a 35th round pick by the Mets in 1999. Molidor and Bannon, both seniors, were three-year starters at third base and shortstop, respectively. Von Schell, a redshirt junior, set the Gaucho single season home run record this year and is a native of Carmel, California.
Schumaker is the highest Gaucho draft choice since Texas Rangers second baseman Michael Young, an All-Big West shortstsop at UCSB, was taken in the fifth round in 1997.
The draft will conclude with 20 rounds Wednesday and ten rounds Thursday.