June 8, 2005
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -
A trio of UC Santa Barbara pitchers, led by record-setting senior relief ace Alex McRobbie, were drafted on the second and final day of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft.
McRobbie, who was chosen by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 24th round, was joined by fellow senior reliever Loren Fraser, a 33rd round choice of the Detroit Tigers, and junior right handed starter Steve Morlock, a 50th round choice of the Chicago Cubs.
The mound trio join senior infielder Chris Malec, who was chosen in Tuesday's 16th round by the New York Yankees.
McRobbie, a two-time honorable mention All-Big West selection, finished the 2005 campaign with a school-record 14 saves. He also had a 2-0 record and a 2.75 ERA. McRobbie earned either a win or a save in 16 of UCSB's 26 victories. In 30 outings, all out of the bullpen, he hurled 39.1 innings, posted 48 strikeouts, and walked just seven. Opponents batted just .222 off of the right hander. He entered the year with four career saves, and his 18 are a career record at UCSB. In 2004, McRobbie led the team with a 1.51 ERA in 41.2 innngs of work.
Fraser, a key set-up man out of the Gaucho bullpen each of the last two seasons, was 3-4 in 2005 with a 5.16 ERA, 35 strikeouts, and 19 walks in 59.1 innings. Fraser actually made three starts on the season and his 32 appearances were a team-high. As a junior in 2004, he had an even better season, going 6-1 with a pair of saves, an ERA of 1.94, and 36 strikeouts in 51.0 innings.
Morlock recorded a 7-7 record in 2004, with a 5.83 ERA. His seven wins led the team, as did his 17 starts. He had 43 strikeouts in 97.1 innings of work. Morlock was generally the Gauchos' Friday starter. As a sophomore in 2004, he was 7-5 with a 5.02 ERA. His 17 total wins in three seasons is just one short of the school's all-time top-ten list.
Finally, 2006 UCSB signee Blair Brejtfus was selected in the 28th round, 853rd overall by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The 6'3" righthander from Arcadia High School in Scottsdale, Ariz., was the nation's 61st-ranked high school prospect by Baseball America last season. He will still enroll at UCSB in the Fall of 2005 as a true freshman.