Aug. 17, 2004
Washington sophomore pitchers Richie Lentz and Tim Lincecum have both been named the top prospects in their summer league by Baseball America magazine. Lentz was named the top draft prospect in the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) while Lincecum was named the top prospect in the Pacific International League (PIL). Lentz, from Woodinville, Wash., led the Newport (R.I.) Gulls to the final game of the league championship series as the Gulls' closer. During the regular season, he was 2-0 with a 1.66 earned run average and posted nine saves before notching three more in the playoffs. His fastball was reportedly clocked as high as 97 miles per hour. Lincecum, from Renton's Liberty High, saw limited duty for the Seattle Studs, but nonetheless distinguished himself as the PIL's top prospect. After earning Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year and Freshman of the Year, he helped lead the Studs to the league title and a berth in the NBC World Series in Wichita. Five UW players were listed on Baseball America's top 10 PIL prospects list: No. 2 Kyle Parker (sophomore RHP/Aloha (Ore.) Knights), No. 4 Zach Clem (junior OF/Bellingham Bells), No. 8 Taylor Johnson (senior OF/Seattle Studs) and No. 10 Nick Batkoski (senior IF/Seattle Studs). The Huskies return to the field for the fall practice season in September and open the 2005 season Feb. 11 at UC Irvine.