June 11, 2007
SEATTLE - Along with the seven current Washington baseball players who were selected in last week's Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, seven high-school athletes who have signed National Letters Of Intent to play baseball at the UW were also chosen.
Husky signees RHP Julian Sampson (12th round, Phillies), LHP Joey Dettrich (18th, Devil Rays), LHP Geoff Brown (23rd, Royals), IF Julien Pollard (37th, Twins), RHP Sean Meehan (40th, Rangers), IF Troy Scott (42nd, Twins) and RHP Forrest Snow (44th, Mariners) were all selected in the draft, which took place June 7-8. Dettrich has reportedly signed with Tampa Bay.
"If we can get the rest of them on campus in the fall, and I think we have a good chance for that, this has the makings of a nationally-ranked recruiting class," said Coach Ken Knutson, who will be in his 16th season next spring. "This is a very talented group."
Washington also had seven veteran players drafted: LHP Nick Hagadone (1st supplemental round, Red Sox), 3B/OF Matt Hague (11th, Indians), RHP Brandon McKerney (14th, Mariners), RHP Harrison Bishop (17th, Pirates), RHP Johnny DuRocher (34th, Mariners), 1B Curt Rindal (35th, Brewers) and SS Danny Cox (36th, Yankees).
Only 18 high school players from the state of Washington were taken in the draft. No other college had signed more than the Huskies' total of seven of that group.
Additionally, Washington's seven drafted veteran players ranked second in the Pac-10 Conference, behind league champion Arizona State's eight. Here's a list of how many draftees came from each Pac-10 program this year:
1. Arizona State 8 2. Arizona 7 Washington 7 4. Oregon State 6 USC 6 6. Stanford 5 7. UCLA 3 8. California 0 Washington State 0