June 3, 2003
Five University of Washington baseball players were selected by Major League teams today on the first day of MLB's first-year player draft. The first 20 rounds were completed today and the final 30 will be chosen tomorrow, beginning at 9:00 a.m. PDT.
Outfielder Mike Wagner, a junior from Woodinville, was taken by San Francisco in the fifth round (153 pick overall). Wagner, undrafted out of Woodinville High, batted .308 with 15 homers for the Huskies in 2003. Last year, he was named a Summer All-American by Baseball America after being named MVP of the New England Collegiate Baseball League.
Senior Sean White, a right-handed pitcher from Mercer Island, was picked in the eighth round (247th overall) by the Atlanta Braves. White, who was picked in the late rounds out of high school (1999) and in the 35th round last season, returned for his senior year, where he served as the ace of the UW staff, going 8-4 with a 4.76 earned run average.
Junior righty Jeff Petersen, the Huskies' No. 2 starter this season, was drafted in the 11th round (333rd overall) by San Francisco. Petersen, a 25th-round pick out of Covington's Kentwood High in 2000, posted a 6-6 record and a 4.75 ERA for the UW in 2003.
Shortstop Tila Reynolds, the UW's career leader in at bats, games, doubles, strikeouts and hit-by-pitches, was drafted by Arizona in the 11th round (336th overall). Reynolds returned for his senior year after being taken in the 13th round last year. He was undrafted out of Renton's Liberty High. In 2003, the fourth-year starter batted .299 with 15 doubles and made only seven errors in 59 games.
The final Husky taken on the first day was lefty reliever Brian Carter, a junior from Woodinville. Previously undrafted, Carter was taken in the 19th round (553rd overall) by the Chicago Cubs. As a late reliever this season for the Huskies, Carter went 1-1 with a 4.72 earned run average and five saves.
As a whole, the day represents one of the most productive drafts in UW history. Last season, six Huskies were taken on the draft's first day. In 1998, eight Washington players were selected overall, including four in the first five rounds.
Several other draft-eligible Washington players -- most notably 2B Greg Isaacson, OF Chad Boudon, 3B John Otness, C Ben Johnson, LHP Trent Baysinger and RHPs Clay Johnson and Trevor Gibson -- will wait until Wednesday to see if they'll be selected in the draft's final 30 rounds.
Juniors who are drafted may elect not to sign a pro contract and could return for their senior season in 2004. White and Reynolds, however, have exhausted their college eligibility.