June 6, 2006
Malibu, Calif. - Junior Justin Tellam, who led Pepperdine with eight home runs in 2006, became the third Waves player selected during the first day of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft when the Houston Astros picked him in the 14th round on Tuesday. He joins Chad Tracy (Texas Rangers) and Paul Coleman (Los Angeles Dodgers), who were drafted in the third and 12th rounds, respectively.
Tellam, who was in his first season at Pepperdine after transferring from UNLV, saw action behind the plate and as a designated hitter. He played in 43 games, starting 41, and batted .233 with a team-high eight home runs and totaled 26 RBI.
Including his two seasons at UNLV, Tellam has a .276 career batting average with 27 home runs and 93 RBI. His best season came in 2005 as a member of the Rebels when batted .302 with 16 home runs and 43 RBI.
Tellam had a nice postseason for the Waves as he batted .500 (6-for-12) with a home run and four RBI during the West Coast Conference (WCC) Championship Series and Malibu Regional.