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Jeffrey Scott Gelalich

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Outfielder Jeff Gelalich was a 2012 first-round pick.

Gelalich hit .258 as a high school freshman, then improved to .393 with 10 steals as a sophomore. His junior year, he batted .423. He hit .338 with 11 steals as a senior. The Philadelphia Phillies took him in the 41st round of the 2009 amateur draft but he did not sign. As a college freshman, he produced at a .321/.465/.474 clip for UCLA. He homered as UCLA beat Texas Christian University on June 21 in the 2010 College World Series then went 2 for 5 with a double, run and RBI as UCLA beat TCU again to move to the CWS finals, where UCLA fell to the University of South Carolina.

As a sophomore in college, he slumped to .268/.389/.415 with 10 steals in 12 tries. He followed with a .214 summer for the Bellingham Bells. His junior year at UCLA, the L.A. native rebounded and then some. After 61 games, he was hitting .365/.458/.558 with 11 home runs, 55 runs and 15 steals (caught only 4 times) entering the 2012 College World Series. The Cincinnati Reds picked him 57th in the 2012 amateur draft, a pick that was compensation for the loss of Francisco Cordero to free agency. It was the Reds' third and last first-round pick that year, following high schoolers Nick Travieso and Jesse Winker.

Gelalich soon signed with the Reds and made his pro debut for the Billings Mustangs on July 5th. Hitting 6th and playing right field, he went 0 for 3 with a walk and a run.

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