Two More Cougs Taken In Baseball First-Year Player Draft
June 6, 2001
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays selected Thompson with the third pick in the 33rd round and the Minnesota Twins made Gates the first choice of the 35th round.
Thompson, a junior right-hander from Bothell, Wash., averaged just under seven strikeouts per nine innings this season for the Cougars. His season highlights included a win at nationally ranked Oklahoma State, February 17.
Gates, a junior from Seattle, led Washington State and was fourth in the Pacific-10 Conference with 60 RBI. His 16 doubles led the Cougars and tied for 10th in the conference. Defensively, he led the Pac-10 with 192 assists.
Gates, who started in all but one of WSU's 54 games, hit .327 overall, including .384 in Pac-10 games. His 10-for-14 performance in three games against UCLA earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors early in league play.
Thompson and Gates join Stefan Bailie, drafted by Boston in the fourth round, as selections in this year's draft, marking the most WSU draftees since four Cougars were selected in 1996.
In 1996, pitcher Robert Ramsay and shortstop Mike Wetmore were selected in the seventh round by Boston and Milwaukee, respectively. In addition, pitcher Mark Hendrickson was a 19th round selection by Texas and Arizona picked outfielder Rob Ryan in the 26th round.
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