Catching up with Cody Keefer, former Davis High baseball standout

Published: Thursday, Apr. 26, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 8C
Last Modified: Thursday, Apr. 26, 2012 - 9:07 pm

Former Davis High baseball standout Cody Keefer (inset) is continuing an impressive UCLA career. The junior is batting .365 with six doubles and 23 RBIs in 36 starts for the Bruins (27-10, 11-7 Pacific-12 Conference). Keefer is one of six players featured on the team's 2012 media guide cover.

In a 9-3 win over UC Irvine on Tuesday, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound left fielder was 2 for 4 with a run scored. In Friday's 4-0 win at Oregon State, he had two hits and two RBIs. He's batting .325 in 139 career games for the Bruins. He has started 137 games.

"Cody has been an everyday player for us since he stepped on campus," UCLA coach John Savage said by telephone. "He's meant a lot to our program. We knew he was going to be a good player, and he's going to be a good pro player, too."

Last summer, Keefer batted .280 with three homers and 17 RBIs in the Cape Cod League. He represented his team in the league's All-Star Game at Fenway Park.

Keefer started 58 games in left field for the Bruins last season. His .303 batting average was second on the team, while his .408 on-base percentage led the Bruins. He was an all-Pac-10 honorable mention. He batted .285 in the Bruins' four NCAA Regional games and had a team-best .444 on-base percentage.

Keefer, whose father, Kevin, played baseball at Davis, batted .318 in 43 starts as a UCLA freshman left fielder with 31 RBIs and a team-best .450 on-base percentage.

As a Davis senior, Keefer batted .440 for the 20-8 Blue Devils in 2009. He had 27 RBIs and a team-high five homers and 39 runs scored. His .714 slugging percentage and 14 stolen bases were also team-highs.

He was drafted that June in the 33rd round by the Detroit Tigers.

– Jeff Caraska

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