Nov. 15, 2000
SEATTLE - The University of Washington baseball team has received letters from six high school seniors and one junior college student during the early signing period which ends today, head coach Ken Knutson announced.
The seven players, all from the state of Washington, are: Will Fenton (Kingston/North Kitsap HS), Aaron Hathaway (Vancouver/Columbia River HS), Taylor Johnson (Vancouver/Skyview HS), Dustin Knight (Kent/Green River CC), Kyle Larsen (Redmond/Eastlake HS), Chris McCoy (Kelso/Kelso HS), and Ty Taubenheim (Lynden/Lynden HS). The eight prospects will enroll next fall and play their first season at the UW in 2002.
"We've had an extremely successful early signing period," Knutson said. "The key may be that we've signed some kids with great offensive potential -- guys that can hit in the middle of our order."
Fenton, a 6-foot-2 righthanded pitcher, posted a 5-1 record with a 1.70 ERA last spring at North Kitsap.
Hathaway, a 6-foot-0 catcher and second baseman, hit .451 for Columbia River, earning all-league. He was also his league's offensive MVP in football this fall, playing quarterback. Taylor Johnson, also from Vancouver, is a 6-foot-1, left-handed hitting outfielder. He was also an all-league pick after batting .408.
Knight, a 5-foot-11 infielder, was an all-league selection at Green River CC and is regarded by many as the state's top junior college player. He attended Kent-Meridian High before moving onto Green River. Larsen, a 6-foot-5 first baseman, was a first-team All-KingCo pick in 2000 after batting .439.
McCoy, a 6-foot-3 righthanded pitcher, is the younger brother of UW sophomore lefty Cam McCoy. The younger McCoy was an all-league pick at Kelso with a 4-2 record in 2000. Finally, Taubenheim, a 6-foot-6, 190-pound righthanded pitcher, was also an all-league selection at Lynden High.
"We feel that we've signed one of the top power hitters in the state (Larsen), the best outfielder in the state (Johnson) and one of the most versatile players on the West Coast (Hathaway)," Knutson said. "Plus, we really like the potential of our pitchers. They all have a chance to be top Division I pitchers.
"The main thing," Knutson continued, "is that we've signed the players that we think have the best shot of going to college after the draft."
The Huskies begin spring practice in January and open the season in February, 2001.