July 12, 1999
SEATTLE - The Washington baseball team has received National Letters of Intent from a incoming freshman and a junior college transfer, Husky coach Ken Knutson announced today. The two new recruits give the Huskies 12 players in their 2000 class.
The two new signees are Justin Drake (Spokane, Wash./Ferris HS) and Duggan Moran (Colorado Springs, Colo./Trinidad State JC).
Knutson says that Drake, an outfielder, could be one of the fastest players he has coached at Washington. Moran, a right-handed pitcher and first baseman, is a switch hitter known for his excellent defense at first base. Moran attended Air Academy High School before spending the 1998 and 1999 seasons at Trinidad State, a junior college in Trinidad, Colo.
Earlier this year, the Huskies signed 10 other players: OF Tyler Davidson (Edmonds/Meadowdale HS), IF Steve DeClerck (Medford, Ore./North Medford HS), IF/OF Jay Garthwaite (Kent/Kent- Meridian HS), IF Brian Johnson (Ephrata, Wash./Ephrata HS), LHP Cam McCoy (Kelso, Wash./Kelso HS), IF Tila Reynolds (Renton/Liberty HS), OF/1B Jermaine Smiley (Seattle, Wash./Bellevue CC), C Mike Syvrud (Bothell/Bothell HS), C Jefferson Thiel (Kirkland/Juanita HS) and RHP Sean White (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island HS).
Knutson expects to sign no more than one additional player for next year's team in addition to walkons that may make the squad. He considers this larger-than-usual class to be one of the best in his eight years at the UW.
"This is a group with a wide range of talents. We lost a lot off of last year's team with the draft and graduation, but we've got a lot coming in," Knutson said. "A bunch of these new players will play key roles next spring."
Washington will convene for fall practice in September and open the 2000 baseball season next January.