June 11, 2008
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara senior outfielder Chris Fox signed a free agent contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Wednesday, becoming the eighth Gaucho picked up by a Major League Baseball team this year.
Starting 54 games in 2008, Fox put up career numbers in almost every statistical category. The Redondo Beach, Calif. native finished the year second on the team in hits (75), third in batting average (.341), at bats (220), runs batted in (39), and on base percentage (.401), and fourth in runs scored (44). A menace on the base paths, Fox swiped 23 bags in 28 attempts, the fifth-highest total in the Big West Conference. He was perfect defensively in the outfield, committing no errors in 76 chances.
"I'm real happy for Chris," said UCSB head coach Bob Brontsema. "He had two outstanding seasons for us and is very deserving to go on and play professionally. We wish him the best."
Fox joined the Gauchos in 2007 after transferring from El Camino College. As a junior, he was named All-Big West Honorable Mention after batting .328 with 67 hits, 11 doubles, 40 runs, 30 RBI, and 14 steals in his first season donning the blue and gold.
Seven current Gauchos and one committed recruit were selected in last week's Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft.
UCSB finished a solid 2008 season with a 35-21 overall record and tied for third place in the Big West with a 14-10 mark. The Gauchos won 23 games at home at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.
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