Two More Cougars Selected in MLB Draft
June 9, 2010
Weber was drafted 1,111th overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks and Harvey was nabbed by the Milwaukee Brewers eight picks later. The two combined with right-handed pitcher Chad Arnold (18th round, Los Angeles Dodgers) and shortstop Shea Vucinich (20th round, Brewers), both selected Tuesday, to raise the Cougar draft total to four. The 11 different Cougars selected (Matt Way and Harvey were each drafted twice) over the last three seasons are the most for Washington State since 1990-92.
'All four young men left our program in a better place than when they arrived,' Washington State Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. 'They all have bright futures in professional baseball and we wish them the best.'
A senior from Seattle, Weber started at first base, second base and third base during his Cougar career. The Diamondbacks selected him as a second baseman. He batted .313 with eight home runs and 44 RBI in 2010. The O'Dea High School product led the Cougars with 17 doubles and tied for the team lead with 26 extra-base hits.
Weber is the third Cougar to be drafted by the Diamondbacks joining outfielder Rob Ryan (26th round, 1996) and second baseman Bookie Gates (25th round, 2002).
A native of Olympia, Wash., Harvey was drafted for the second-straight year after being taken in the 43rd round last June by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He posted a 3-1 record with three saves in 26 appearances this season. The right-hander is tied for ninth on the Washington State single-season list for games pitched and his 78 career appearances rank second all-time for the Cougars. Harvey recorded six career saves to tie for eighth in the aluminum bat era and tie for ninth all-time at Washington State.
Harvey is the ninth Cougar to be drafted by the Brewers. Others include outfielder Rob Smith (11th round, 1987), catcher Randy Snyder (second round, 1988), left-handed pitcher Tom McGraw (sixth round, 1990), catcher/outfielder Mike Kinkade (19th round, 1994 and ninth round, 1995), shortstop Mike Wetmore (seventh round, 1996) first baseman Grant Richardson (14th round, 2004) right-handed pitcher Dane Renkert (29th round, 2005) and Vucinich this season.