By Gregg Bell
UW Athletics Director of Writing
SEATTLE – Their college seasons ended only two weeks ago. Their final exams at UW ended just last week.
Three of the key players that produced Washington’s best season in 11 years, a second-place finish in the Pac-12 and a regional-finals appearance in UW’s first NCAA tournament in a decade have their first pro games Monday night. It’s exactly two weeks after their final college game, Washington’s extra-inning loss at Mississippi in an NCAA regional final. All three former Dawgs are playing in the 75-year-old rookie Pioneer League, at the short-season Class-A level.
Pehl, the junior outfielder whom the Kansas City Royals drafted in the 11th round this month, has his first game for the Idaho Falls Chukars. Pehl will be wearing No. 16 and playing at 3,400-seat Melaleuca Field Monday at 6:15 p.m. Seattle time against Orem. He and Wolfe co-led the Huskies with 36 RBIs this season.
Wolfe, the Los Angeles’ Dodgers 20th-round draft choice after he led the Huskies in batting at .352 in his senior season, signed last Wednesday with the Dodgers’ Northwest scout over lunch at the Ram restaurant in Seattle’s University Village. He is suiting up for the Ogden Raptors Monday at 6 p.m. against Grand Junction at 6,700-seat Lindquist Field in downtown Ogden, Utah.
Former Husky Joe Meggs, UW coach Lindsay Meggs’ 24-year-old son, is also playing for Ogden. He had a .353 on-base percentage in his first professional season, 2013 for the independent-league Joliet Slammers.
Mitsui, the honorable-mention All-Pac-12 selection whose five home runs this spring tied Wolfe and Pehl for the Huskies’ team lead, was drafted in the 30th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks. His first game for the Arizona’s short-season Class-A team, the Missoula Osprey, is Monday at 6 p.m. at Helena, Mont. Mitsui was a designated hitter and first baseman for UW this season; Missoula lists him as a first baseman.
The Huskies had a school-record eight players drafted this month.
Starting pitcher Jeff Brigham (fourth round, Dodgers) signed Friday, reportedly for his maximum slotted value of $396,300 for the 129th overall pick. The Huskies’ Sunday starter this past season has yet to be assigned to one of the Dodgers’ minor-league rosters.
The other four drafted Dawgs, all juniors, have yet to sign: P Jared Fisher (15th round, Philadelphia Phillies); SS Erik Forgione (25th round, Pittsburgh Pirates); P Trevor Dunlap (30th round, Tampa Bay Rays); and 2B Andrew Ely (32nd round, Chicago Cubs).