June 7, 2006
Malibu, Calif. - Seniors Nick Kliebert and David Uribes were selected by the San Diego Padres and Cleveland Indians, respectively, during Day 2 of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft that concluded Wednesday. The selections of Kliebert and Uribes brought the total of Pepperdine players taken during the annual two-day draft to five and marked the 15th consecutive year the Waves have had at least one player chosen.
Junior catcher Chad Tracy (3rd round/Texas Rangers), senior left-hander Paul Coleman (12th/Los Angeles Dodgers) and junior catcher/designated hitter Justin Tellam (14th/Houston Astros) were taken on Tuesday.
Kliebert, who put together a career-year and was named first team All-West Coast Conference (WCC), was taken in the 25th round (753rd overall) by the Padres. Uribes, the WCC's all-time hits leader, was tabbed in the 32nd round (971st overall) by the Indians.
As the Waves' starting first baseman, Kliebert played in a career-high 57 games and batted a career-best .340. He also established career-highs in at-bats (191), runs (31) and RBI (38). Kliebert ranked second on the Waves and fourth in the WCC with a .435 conference average.
Kliebert concluded his career with a .294 average with two home runs and 86 RBI while playing in 188 games during his four-year career.
Uribes was a unanimous first-team All-WCC selection and was having an All-American-type season until suffering a season-ending knee injury in the final week of the regular season. He finished the season with a team and career-high .374 average top the Waves and rank third in the WCC.
Uribes also led Pepperdine and the WCC in hits (85) and stolen bases (22) while his 53 runs scored led the Waves and were third in the conference.
The senior second baseman finished his career as the WCC's all-time hits leader with 328 and ranks first in Pepperdine history in at-bats (986), runs scored (232) and is third in games played with (241). Uribes, who started every game of his career before suffering the knee injury, also ranks seventh on the school's all-time doubles list (51), ninth in stolen bases (72) and concluded his career with a .333 average.