Six More Huskies Taken In MLB Draft

June 8, 2007

SEATTLE - Six more Washington baseball players were drafted on the second and final day of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Friday. Third baseman Matt Hague, right-handed pitcher Brandon McKerney, right-handed pitcher Harrison Bishop, right-handed pitcher Johnny DuRocher, first baseman Curt Rindal and shortstop Danny Cox were all drafted.

Thursday, on the first day of the draft, junior left-handed pitcher Nick Hagadone was drafted by Boston with the 55th overall selection.

Hague, a junior from Kent, was drafted by Cleveland in the 11th round with the 347th overall pick. McKerney, a junior from Edmonds, was selected by the Mariners with their 14th-round pick (435th overall) while Bishop, a fourth-year junior from Kirkland, went in the 17th round to the Pirates (518th overall). DuRocher, a fourth-year junior from Graham, was also taken by the Mariners, in the 34th round (1,032nd overall) while Rindal, a senior from Mt. Vernon) was chosen by the Brewers in the 35th round (1,057th) and Cox, a sophomore from Chehalis, went to the Yankees in the 36th round (1,107th).

Hague, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound right-handed hitter, played outfield, third base and was also a pitcher during his UW career. A freshman All-America in 2005, when he hit .419, he was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection in 2006 and also earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention in 2005 and 2007.

This spring, Hague, a Kentwood High graduate, was the only UW player to start every game, batting .353 with 15 doubles, 49 runs batted in and a team-high 13 home runs. In just three season, he has collected 216 career hits, ninth-most in UW history. His .378 career batting average ranks second in school history.

McKerney, a 6-foot-4, 190-pounder from Meadowdale High, spent three season as a reliever on the UW pitching staff. As a junior in 2007, he went 3-1 with a 6.23 earned run average. He made a name for himself last summer when he pitched for the Newport (R.I.) Gulls in the New England Collegiate Baseball League. For the Gulls, he posted a 0.31 ERA and held oponents to a .106 average.

Bishop, a Juanita High graduate, was also previously drafted as he was the Orioles 40th-round pick in the 2004 draft after his freshman season at Edmonds Community College. After sitting out the 2005 season due to an injury, he played at Bellevue CC in 2006 before joining the Huskies in 2007. In 17 appearances for the UW, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound righty posted no record and a 3.42 ERA, striking out 25 in 26 and one-third innings.

DuRocher, the former Husky quarterback, joined the UW baseball team this season after not having played baseball since his sophomore year of high school. In four appearances for the Huskies, he threw six innings, allowing six hits and three walks while striking out three. DuRocher, a 6-foot-4, 215-pounder from Bethel High, saw his college football career cut short last fall when a brain tumor was discovered following an on-field injury. He had successful surgery to remove the tumor last November.

Rindal, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound right-handed slugger, was the only senior on the Huskies' roster in 2007. In 224 at bats, he hit .348 with a team-high 21 doubles and 50 RBI. In his Husky career, the Mt. Vernon High graduate totaled 47 doubles and 27 home runs, fifth and eighth, respectively, on the UW career charts.

Cox, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound left-handed hitter, started 32 games at shortstop or second base for the Huskies in 2007. Originally drafted by the Twins in the 35th round of the 2005 draft, after his senior year at W.F. West High, Cox batted .258 as a freshman in 2006 and again as a sophomore in 2007. He led the team in triples with five in 2007 and made only seven errors in the field. Despite being a sophomore in college, Cox was eligible for the draft due to his age (he'll turn 21 in July).

Lastly, two former UW players who transferred elsewhere after last having played at Washington in 2004, were drafted. Tyler Mach, an infielder at Oklahoma State was drafted by the Phillies in the fourth round and Matthew Tucker, an infielder at Dallas Baptist, went in the 31st round to Baltimore.
NOTE: As the draft winds down, there remains a chance that more Huskies could be selected. If so, this release will be updated early Friday evening.