June 6, 2008
Three Washington players were selected today in the Major League Baseball draft. Nick Haughian was drafted by the Orioles in the ninth round, Jorden Merry was chosen by the White Sox in the 14th round and Kyle Conley went to the Dodgers in the 16th round.
Haughian, a junior southpaw from Marysville-Pilchuck High, finished his junior season with a 6-5 record and a 3.76 earned run average. At the end of the regular season, he shared the Pac-10 lead in strikeouts with 107 in 95.2 innings. He was the 266th overall pick in the draft.
Merry, a junior right-hander from Pasco, Wash., who transferred to the UW from Lower Columbia CC prior to the 2007 season, was the 420th overall pick. He posted an 8-2 record and a 3.61 ERA during the 2008 season, earning All-Pac-10 first-team honors.
Conley, a redshirt sophomore outfielder from Richland, Wash., hit .337 with 19 home runs and 57 runs batted in, also earning first-team All-Pac-10 accolades. The Dodgers chose him as the 487th overall selection.
None of those three had ever been previously drafted.
Additionally, three Husky recruits, who have signed National Letters of Intent to join the UW team as freshmen in 2009, were selected in the draft.
Trevor May, a left-handed pitcher from Kelso, Wash., was drafted in the fourth round by the Phillies, the highest-selected player from the state of Washington.
The Pittsburgh Pirates selected first baseman Kevin Komstadius in the 29th round. Komstadius was a senior at Yakima's East Valley High School this year. Finally, right-handed pitcher Andrew Kittredge, a senior at Ferris High in Spokane, was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 45th round.