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Baseball: Tyler Chatwood is the one who got away from UCLA

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UCLA Coach John Savage wins some and loses some in the battle with professional teams come draft day.

He got to keep Gerrit Cole out of Orange Lutheran for three years, but he lost out on Max Fried and Lucas Giolito from Harvard-Westlake and Austin Hedges from JSerra.

One of the best players he ever signed who got away was Tyler Chatwood out of Redlands East Valley. Chatwood was from the same recruiting class as Cole that signed with UCLA in the fall of 2007.

Chatwood was chosen by the Angels in the second round in 2008 and signed.

Now he has become quite a pitcher and hitter for the Colorado Rockies. At 23, he's 7-3 with a 2.48 ERA. He's also one of the best hitting pitchers in baseball, which comes as no surprise because he was a top hitter for Redlands East Valley, batting .521 his senior year.

Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com

 

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