The first day of fall ball started Monday for the UW Baseball team on a sun-soaked field at Husky Ballpark. With a nip of autumn in the air, a mix of veteran and rookie Husky hopefuls – all with aspirations of reaching Omaha, Neb. in June to compete in the College World Series – took the field for the first time as a team.
Incoming Washington freshmen pitcher Joe Demers, shortstop AJ Graffanino and catcher Willie MacIver were all ranked among the West Coast League's Top 10 Prospects by Baseball America. The Huskies were the only university to have three prospects listed among the top 10.
Although incoming freshmen Joe Demers and AJ Graffanino have yet to officially start college at the University of Washington, they both drew high praise after playing this summer in the college-laden West Coast League.
Former Husky Trevor Mitsui is currently on a torrid streak for the Hillsboro Hops in the Northwest League. Mitsui, who completed his Husky career in 2014, has homered in five-straight games -- including hitting two in Wednesday's game.