Lillibridge, Everitt Selected In MLB Draft
June 7, 2005
SEATTLE - Two University of Washington baseball players -- shortstop Brent Lillibridge and right-handed pitcher Keaton Everitt -- were selected on the first day of Major LeagueBaseball's first-year player draft, the first 18 rounds of which were completed Tuesday.
Lillibridge, a junior from Everett who attended Jackson High in Mill Creek, Wash., wasdrafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates with the 11th pick of the fourth round. Lillibridge wasthe Pirates' fourth overall selection and the 121st player selected overall.
Lillibridge earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors in each of his three seasons at the UW.He finished his career as the school's record holder with 51 career doubles and hit .342with 32 home runs and 128 RBI during his Husky tenure. His 219 career hits rank 7th inHusky history, his 169 career runs are sixth-most, his 32 home runs are good for third onthe UW career list and his .342 career average is 10th.
Lillibridge was not drafted out of high school in 2002. If does not opt to sign a contractwith the Pirates, he could return to the UW for his senior season.
Everitt, a fourth-year junior from Juanita High School in Kirkland, Wash., was chosen bythe New York Yankees in the 17th round, the 529th overall selection.
Undrafted out of high school, where he was primarily a position player, Everitt walked onto the UW in 2002. After an injury redshirt season that year, he pitched in only threeinnings in 2003 before making 10 starts in 2004. This past season, he threw in 12 games,with a 1-0 record and a 3.46 earned run average over 27.2 innings, mostly in relief.
Everitt will graduate from the UW this week and thus hadn't planned to return toWashington for a fifth year despite having the option available to him.
The draft continues Wednesday with the final 32 rounds of the 50-round draft.