Two More Cougars Selected in MLB Draft

June 11, 2009

NEW YORK - Washington State University outfielder Jared Prince and pitcher Seth Harvey were selected in the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft, Thursday.

Prince was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 34th round, 1,024th overall, and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim grabbed Harvey in the 43rd round, 1,311th overall.

The two combined with left-handed pitcher Matt Way (fifth round, Philadelphia Phillies) right-handed pitcher Jeremy Johnson (13th, Cleveland Indians) and catcher Alex Burg (24th, San Francisco Giants) to give WSU five draft picks, its most since 1995. That year the Cougars drafted were catcher/outfielder Mike Kinkade (ninth round, Milwaukee Brewers), outfielder Ken Cameron (14th, St. Louis Cardinals), left-handed pitcher Mark Hendrickson (16th, Detroit Tigers), left-handed pitcher Rob Ramsay (17th, Minnesota Twins) and right-handed pitcher Kyle Kawabata (30th, Phillies). Eight different Cougars have been drafted over the last two years, including Way twice, the most for WSU in a two-year span since 1992-93.

Prince is the seventh Cougar all-time selected by the Rangers. He joins right-handed pitcher Regan Bass (21st round, 1982 and 33rd, 1983), outfielder Greg Bailey (14th, 1983), catcher Rick Poznanski (24th, 1984), Hendrickson (19th, 1996), right-handed pitcher Ole Vigeland (15th, 1998) and right-handed pitcher Mike Wagner (18th, 2006).

A native of Poulsbo, Wash., Prince ranks in the WSU career top 10 for games (fifth, 222), hits (sixth, 256), RBI (sixth, 161), doubles (seventh, 53) and runs (10th, 154). He appeared in 166 games as an outfielder and committed just one error while posting a .996 fielding percentage. In 2009, he batted .343, drove in 38 runs, and tied for the team lead with 21 extra-base hits.

Harvey is the fifth Cougar all-time drafted by the Angels. Other Cougars include catcher John E. Olerud (fourth round, 1965), left-handed pitcher Brian Sajonia (26th, 1987), first baseman Casey Kelley (18th, 1998) and left-handed pitcher Jayson Miller (30th, 2008). Miller was the 2008 Pioneer League (Rookie) Pitcher of the Year and is currently with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in the California League (Advanced A).

A native of Olympia, Wash., Harvey is a right-hander with one year of collegiate eligibility remaining. He was 0-1 with two saves and a 2.25 earned run average in 22 appearances during the 2009 season. In 24 innings, he struck out 28. His strikeout total exceeded his previous two seasons combined in which he pitched 32 and two-thirds innings.