June 15, 2010
Three former Washington Husky baseball players have signed professional contracts and will begin their minor league careers in the next few days.
Pitcher Forrest Snow, who was chosen by the Mariners in the 36th round of the draft last week, will begin his career just up the road with the Everett Aquasox of the Northwest League, according to a press release on the Mariners' web site.
The Aquasox open the season Friday at Salem-Keizer (Ore.), but return next Monday for the first game of a series against Yakima.
Pierce Rankin, who played in the infield, the outfield and as a catcher at the UW, has signed with the Toronto Blue Jays. No word yet on where Rankin will begin his pro career, but the most likely spot would be with the Auburn (N.Y.) Doubledays of the New York-Penn League. The Blue Jays drafted him in the 38th round.
Finally, Doug Cherry, a senior second baseman for the UW in 2010, has signed a free-agent contract with the Chicago Cubs. There's also no official word on where he might play, but a good bet would be the Boise Hawks, another Northwest League team.