Two More Beavers Taken In Draft
June 8, 2004
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State had two players selected during the final day of the Major League Baseball draft on Tuesday. Outfielder Aaron Mathews was taken in the 19th round by the Toronto Blue Jays, and pitcher Nathan Pendley was taken in the 19th round by the San Francisco Giants.
OSU had four players picked Monday during the first day of the draft, as pitcher Andy Baldwin was taken in the fifth round by the Philadelphia Phillies, pitcher Jake Postlewait was taken in the seventh round by the Colorado Rockies, pitcher Kyle Aselton was taken in the 11th round by the Minnesota Twins and pitcher Jared Sanders was taken in the 14th round by the Cincinnati Reds. The six players are the most ever taken from Oregon State in the June draft; the previous high had been four players in 1977 and 1998. Postlewait, Sanders and Pendley were seniors this past spring. Baldwin was a sophomore and Aselton and Mathews were juniors, so they could sign professional contracts or return to OSU for the 2005 season.
Mathews batted .326 with eight home runs and 49 runs batted in for the Beavers this spring as he earned All-Pacific-10 first team honors. He started all 53 games for OSU and also had six triples, 13 doubles, 41 runs scored and was 6-for-10 on stolen bases. He was the 567th player taken overall.
Pendley, a lefthander, had a 0-1 record and one save with a 4.91 earned run average for Oregon State this spring. He pitched in 21 games, all in relief; in 18.1 innings, he allowed 14 runs (10 earned) on 26 hits and two walks while striking out 18. He was the 580th player taken overall.