SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Two UC Santa Barbara baseball players heard their names called on Tuesday, the second day of Major League Baseball's First Year Draft.
Senior pitcher Jesse Meaux, who returned to UCSB after being picked last June, was chosen in the 19th round (588 overall) by the Colorado Rockies. Outfielder Mark Haddow, who enjoyed one of the finest all-around seasons by a Gaucho in recent memory, was taken in the 24th round (741 overall) by the Chicago White Sox.
Meaux made 10 starts for the Gauchos this season going 3-5 with a 3.70 ERA in 65.2 innings. The Glendale, Calif. native was UCSB's Friday starter after a successful junior campaign in which he was an All-Big West Honorable Mention pick and did not sign after being chosen by the Philadelphia Phillies.
The right-handed Meaux joins an organization that already has several other Gauchos in it: Ryan Spilborghs (2000-02) is one of the Rockies' major league outfielders; Bill Geivett (1984-85) is the Rockies' assistant general manager; Andy Graham (2004-06) is currently with Colorado's Triple-A team; and Mike Zuanich (2007-08) is playing with the organization's Class-A team.
"Having the opportunity to be chosen last year was great, but to be able to come back to UCSB as a senior, get my degree, and then get drafted again is something really special," Meaux said. "I am grateful for the opportunity to play baseball at UCSB and am now prepared to move forward professionally."
Haddow, a senior outfielder from San Diego, led the Gauchos in nearly every statistical category this past season and was named an All-Big West First Team selection. He batted .356 - second in the Big West - with a league-leading .545 slugging percentage and a .438 on-base percentage to go with six home runs, 41 RBI, 10 doubles, four triples and 16 stolen bases. He ranked in the Big West's top-10 in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, runs, walks, home runs, RBI, triples, stolen bases and total bases - the only conference player to be in the top-10 in more than three categories.
Like Meaux, Haddow is going to an organization that has Gaucho history. Nate Sutton (2001-04) is with Chicago's Double-A team; Robby Cummings (2007-09) played with Chicago's Rookie League team last season; and Sam Phippen (2010) was picked by the White Sox last season.
"After last season I was a little disappointed I wasn't selected, but I dedicated myself this past offseason to leave nothing to chance and I think that showed this year," Haddow said. "I am so excited to join the White Sox organization and get the opportunity to represent UCSB as a pro player now. I am looking forward to taking the next step in my baseball career."
Major League Baseball concludes its three-day draft on Wednesday with rounds 31-50.