Five UW Players Taken On Day One Of Baseball Draft
June 3, 2003
Five University of Washington baseball players were selected by Major League teamstoday on the first day of MLB's first-year player draft. The first 20 rounds were completedtoday and the final 30 will be chosen tomorrow, beginning at 9:00 a.m. PDT.
Outfielder Mike Wagner, a junior from Woodinville, was taken by San Francisco in thefifth round (153 pick overall). Wagner, undrafted out of Woodinville High, batted .308with 15 homers for the Huskies in 2003. Last year, he was named a Summer All-Americanby Baseball America after being named MVP of the New England Collegiate Baseball League.
Senior Sean White, a right-handed pitcher from Mercer Island, was picked in the eighthround (247th overall) by the Atlanta Braves. White, who was picked in the late rounds outof high school (1999) and in the 35th round last season, returned for his senior year, wherehe served as the ace of the UW staff, going 8-4 with a 4.76 earned run average.
Junior righty Jeff Petersen, the Huskies' No. 2 starter this season, was drafted in the 11thround (333rd overall) by San Francisco. Petersen, a 25th-round pick out of Covington'sKentwood High in 2000, posted a 6-6 record and a 4.75 ERA for the UW in 2003.
Shortstop Tila Reynolds, the UW's career leader in at bats, games, doubles, strikeouts andhit-by-pitches, was drafted by Arizona in the 11th round (336th overall). Reynoldsreturned for his senior year after being taken in the 13th round last year. He was undraftedout of Renton's Liberty High. In 2003, the fourth-year starter batted .299 with 15 doublesand made only seven errors in 59 games.
The final Husky taken on the first day was lefty reliever Brian Carter, a junior fromWoodinville. Previously undrafted, Carter was taken in the 19th round (553rd overall) bythe Chicago Cubs. As a late reliever this season for the Huskies, Carter went 1-1 with a4.72 earned run average and five saves.
As a whole, the day represents one of the most productive drafts in UW history. Lastseason, six Huskies were taken on the draft's first day. In 1998, eight Washington playerswere selected overall, including four in the first five rounds.
Several other draft-eligible Washington players -- most notably 2B Greg Isaacson, OFChad Boudon, 3B John Otness, C Ben Johnson, LHP Trent Baysinger and RHPsClay Johnson and Trevor Gibson -- will wait until Wednesday to see if they'll be selectedin the draft's final 30 rounds.
Juniors who are drafted may elect not to sign a pro contract and could return for their seniorseason in 2004. White and Reynolds, however, have exhausted their college eligibility.
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