June 3, 1999
SEATTLE - Three more Washington baseball players -- Ed Erickson, Pete Orgill and Bryan Williamson -- were selected on the second day of the Major League baseball draft, which concluded today.
On the first day of the draft, four Huskies were taken: RHP Jeff Heaverlo (supp. round, by Seattle), RHP Travis Anderson (2nd round, by Houston), C Dominic Woody (4th round, by Florida) and OF Kyle Woods (22nd round, by New York Mets).
Erickson, a junior first baseman from Yakima's Eisenhower High, was taken by the Texas Rangers in the 35th round. Erickson missed 18 games in 1999 due to broken bones in his left hand and wrist, but still is the UW career home runs leader with 31. In 1999, he batted .280 with nine home runs and 35 RBI in 38 games. Erickson was a 42nd round pick out of high school (1996 draft).
Orgill, a senior first baseman from Yakima's Davis High School, was picked in the 36th round by Anaheim. As as senior, Orgill batted .315 with nine home runs and 31 RBI in 35 starts. His 25 career home runs are sixth in UW history. Orgill was undrafted out of high school.
Williamson, who suffered through a shoulder injury that kept him from pitching this spring, ranks in the top 10 in UW history in numerous offensive categories. The senior outfielder from Kennewick (Kamiakin High) was drafted in the 43 round by Minnesota. In 1999, Williamson led the Huskies with his .392 batting average and also belted 10 home runs and drove in 46. His .354 career batting average is third highest in Washington history and he also ranks in the top 10 in hits, RBI, doubles and home runs.
Williamson was drafted in 1995 (45th round by Philadelphia) and against last year (24th round Oakland).
Incidentally, all seven Huskies that were drafted were either undrafted out of high school or were drafted higher this year than they were out of high school. Anderson, Woody and Woods had never been previously drafted and Heaverlo was a 13th rounder (Detroit) in 1996.
In addition to the seven 1999 Huskies that were drafted, two players that have signed National Letters of Intent to attend Washington in the fall were taken: RHP Jason Stumm (Centralia HS; 1st round by Chicago White Sox) and OF Jay Garthwaite (Kent-Meridian HS; 12th round by Oakland). Also, catcher Chad Dias, who was on the UW roster in 1998 but transferred to Bellevue CC for the 1999 season, was selected by San Diego in the 28th round.
HUSKIES IN THE 1999 BASEBALL DRAFT
Player Pos. Yr. Round Overall Pick Team Jeff Heaverlo RHP Jr. supp.* 33rd Seattle Travis Anderson RHP Jr. 2nd 80th Houston Dominic Woody C Jr. 4th 116th Florida Kyle Woods OF Jr. 22nd 676th New York Mets Ed Erickson 1B Jr. 35th 1065th Texas Pete Orgill 1B Sr. 36th 1091st Anaheim Bryan Williamson OF Sr. 43rd 1284th Minnesota
* -- supplemental round is between first and second rounds.