June 8, 2004
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Senior third baseman Nate Sutton was drafted Tuesday by the Anaheim Angels in the 24th round of the Major League Baseball Amatuer Player draft. UCSB's four-year standout was the 713th overall pick of the draft and is the first Gaucho to be selected in 2004.
"It feels great," Sutton said moments after he was drafted. "The Angels have been one of the teams looking at me and I've been talking to them a lot lately.
"The four years here at UCSB have been awesome. Last year at this time, even if I did get drafted I wouldn't have gone. I've loved it in Santa Barbara ever since I got here."
Sutton and the Gauchos concluded their 2004 campaign two weeks ago with a 33-21 overall record, the best mark posted by a Gaucho team since 2001. Sutton led UCSB and the Big West Conference this season with 71 runs scored and 27 stolen bases.
The Santa Cruz, Calif., native finished his four-year career at UCSB with a .287 batting average, 155 runs scored, 186 hits and 41 stolen bases.
"It's going to be sad to leave here, but I'm very excited to move on to professional baseball," Sutton said.