Former UCLA catcher Trevor Brown has been called-up from Triple-A Sacramento to join the San Francisco Giants, it was announced by the organization on Wednesday.
Brown becomes the 10th former UCLA player on an active MLB roster, joining Trevor Bauer (Cleveland), Gerrit Cole (Pittsburgh), Brandon Crawford (San Francisco), Cody Decker (San Diego), Erik Goeddel (N.Y. Mets), Matt Grace (Washington), Casey Janssen (Washington), Rob Rasmussen (Seattle) and Chase Utley (L.A. Dodgers).
Of UCLA’s 10 current MLB players, eight played under current Head Coach John Savage who has produced 77 MLB Draft picks in his 11 years at the helm.
Brown, 23, has been placed on the active 40-man roster after catchers Hector Sanchez and Andrew Susac were placed on the 60-day disabled list by the Giants.
This marks the first major league assignment of Brown’s career. The 6-foot-2 backstop from Newhall, Calif. hit .261 with two homeruns, 35 runs and 27 RBI over 82 games for Triple-A Sacramento this season. Brown helped lead Sacramento to a second place finish in the pacific northern division, going 71-73 overall. Originally a 10th round selection of the Giants in 2012, Brown has racked up 272 hits and 118 RBI over his four-year minor league career. Also an excellent defensive player, Brown threw out 27 base stealers and logged just two errors this season. Brown owns a career .996 fielding percentage across four different minor league levels.
One of UCLA’s most versatile players, Brown played catcher, first base, second base, third base and right field during his three-year tenure in Westwood from 2010 to 2012. A career .291 hitter, Brown helped lead the Bruins to the postseason in each of his three seasons, including two trips to the College World Series. Becoming a full-time starter in 2012, Brown had his best collegiate season, hitting .321, while leading the team in doubles (13) and RBI (52). Ending the season in prime fashion, the Hart High School alum batted .378 over the team’s final 18 games.
Brown joins five teammates from his playing days at UCLA that are currently playing in the Major Leagues – Bauer, Cole, Goeddel, Grace and Rasmussen.