June 7, 2007
Malibu, Calif. - Junior Adrian Ortiz, who anchored center field for Pepperdine the last three years, and junior right hander Adam Olbrychowski were fifth round selections during Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft that opened on Thursday. Ortiz was taken with the 156th overall pick by Kansas City and Olbrychowski was the 184th overall selection by the New York Yankees.
The selections of Ortiz and Olbrychowski bring the total of Pepperdine players taken on Day 1 to four. It marks the first time four Waves players have been taken in the first five rounds since the national championship season of 1992 when Derek Wallace, Dan Melendez, Steve Montgomery and Steve Rodriguez were selected.
During three seasons at Pepperdine, Ortiz posted a .320 career average, totaled 15 doubles, 12 triples, two home runs, 67 RBI and 34 stolen bases. His 12 triples rank fifth on the program's all-time career list.
Ortiz turned in an outstanding junior campaign, batting a career-high .342 and established career-bests with 51 runs scored, 83 hits and 16 stolen bases en route to earning All-West Coast Conference (WCC) honors.
As a sophomore, Ortiz was a second team All-WCC pick after batting .340 with a career-high 28 RBI. He hit .281 and registered career-bests with seven doubles and seven triples as a freshman and received honorable mention All-WCC recognition.
Olbrychowski, who was utilized as a starter and reliever during his three seasons at Pepperdine, compiled a 9-8 record and 3.62 ERA while appearing in 44 games and starting 12. His best season came this past year when he went 5-3 with a 3.62 ERA while making a career-high 22 appearances, including four starts.
He established career-highs for innings pitched (68.1), wins and strikeouts (41) and held opponents to a .244 average en route to earning All-WCC honors. He had no record and a 1.50 ERA while making seven relief appearances in WCC play.
DRAFT NOTE: Travis d'Arnaud, who signed a letter-of-intent to attend Pepperdine beginning this fall, was a supplemental pick (37th overall) by the Philadelphia Phillies.