UCLA head coach John Savage pulled off a heist three years ago when former first-rounder Gerrit Cole, the top pick in the Major League Baseball first-year player draft on Monday, decided to attend college rather than sign professionally.
Savage finds himself in a similar scenario this year.
Bruins signee Joe Ross (Oakland, Calif./Bishop O'Dowd) was drafted 25th overall by the San Diego Padres on Monday, perhaps dealing a blow to Savage's pitching staff months before Ross' expected campus arrival. The right-hander would be a candidate to replace Cole (Pittsburgh Pirates) and third-overall selection Trevor Bauer (Arizona Diamondbacks) in the weekend rotation.
"Every situation is different," Savage said. "Depending on the family, depending on the level of education, the team, what year they draft you, it really comes down to what a guy thinks is in his best interest. I know Joe and his family will make the right decision."
Ross is the younger brother of former Cal and current Oakland Athletics pitcher Tyson Ross.