Conover, Johnson, Lincecum Drafted By MLB Teams
June 8, 2005
Three more University of Washington baseball players were selected on the second andfinal day of Major League Baseball's annual draft Wednesday as rounds 19 through 50 ofthe 50-round draft were completed.
Conover, a right-handed pitcher from Lake Washington High in Kirkland, Wash., was thefirst UW player taken on the second day of the draft. Conover was selected by the SanDiego Padres in the 23rd round, the 698th overall selection.
Conover, a fifth-year senior that originally came to the UW as an infielder, emerged asthe Husky closer in 2005. In 22 appearances this past season, he compiled a 1-2 recordwith a 1.67 earned run average and six saves. In 27 innings, he allowed only 17 hits whilestriking out 23.
Johnson, an outfielder from Skyview High School in Vancouver, Wash., was drafted byCincinnati in the 25th round, 752th overall. A starter throughout most of his four seasonsat Washington, Johnson had his best year in 2005. He hit .307 with eight home runs, 42runs batted in and 14 stolen bases. Johnson led the UW in steals, shared the team lead inhomers and was second in RBI.
Lincecum, a two-time All-Pac-10 selection and the Pac-10's Pitcher and Freshman of theYear in 2004, played two seasons at the UW and was eligible for the draft thanks to hisage (he turns 21 later this month). He was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 42ndround (1,261st overall). As a high-school senior in 2003, he was drafted by the Cubs inthe 49th round.
The former state player of the year from Renton's Liberty High, Lincecum broke theHuskies' single-season strikeouts record with 161 as a freshman in 2004.
In 2005, he was 8-6 with a 3.11 earned run average and 131 strikeouts in 104.1 innings.In his two-year career, he has posted an 18-9 record with a 3.32 ERA and 292 strikeoutsin 216.2 career innings. His 292 Ks are only 11 short of the Husky record of 303, set byJeff Heaverlo (1997-99). During his two seasons, opponents have batted only .194 off ofLincecum.
While both Conover and Johnson have completed their college eligibility, Lincecum stillhas two years remaining at the UW should he choose not to sign with the Indians.