Haughian, Merry, Conley Taken In MLB Draft

June 6, 2008

Three Washington players have been selected in the first 16 rounds of the Major League Baseball draft, which will conclude today. Nick Haughian was drafted by the Orioles in the ninth round, Jorden Merry was chosen by the White Sox in the 14th round and Kyle Conley went to the Dodgers in the 16th round.

Haughian, a junior southpaw from Marysville-Pilchuck High, finished his junior season with a 6-5 record and a 3.76 earned run average. At the end of the regular season, he shared the Pac-10 lead in strikeouts with 107 in 95.2 innings. He was the 266th overall pick in the draft.

Merry, a junior right-hander from Pasco, Wash., who transferred to the UW from Lower Columbia CC prior to the 2007 season, was the 420th overall pick. He posted an 8-2 record and a 3.61 ERA during the 2008 season, earning All-Pac-10 first-team honors.

Conley, a redshirt sophomore outfielder from Richland, Wash., hit .337 with 19 home runs and 57 runs batted in, also earning first-team All-Pac-10 accolades. The Dodgers chose him as the 487th overall selection.

None of those three had ever been previously drafted.

Additionally, Trevor May, a left-handed pitcher from Kelso, Wash., who signed a National Letter of Intent to enroll at the UW, was drafted in the fourth round by the Phillies, the highest-selected player from the state of Washington.

The MLB draft consists of up to 50 rounds. The first six rounds were completed Thursday and the draft is scheduled to conclude Friday.

NOTE: This story will be updated as the day goes along as more Husky players are drafted.

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