Cougar Baseball Duo Drafted

June 8, 2010

NEW YORK - Washington State University redshirt-junior pitcher Chad Arnold and junior shortstop Shea Vucinich were selected in the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft, Tuesday.

The Los Angeles Dodgers made Arnold their 18th round pick, 562nd overall. Vucinich went to the Milwaukee Brewers in the 20th round, 609th overall. Both student-athletes have a year of collegiate eligibility left and have the option to sign a professional contract or return to Pullman next season.

A native of Kennewick, Wash., Arnold is the first Washington State right-handed starting pitcher to be drafted since Mike Wagner was taken by Texas in 2006. He is the fourth Cougar to be selected by the Dodgers joining third baseman Ron Cey (third round, 1968), catcher Don Crow (third round, 1979) and left-handed pitcher Wade Parrish (15th round, 1999).

Arnold was 5-3 with a 3.74 earned run average in 2010. His 16 starts (tied for third) and 108 and one-third innings (tied for seventh) rank on the Cougar single-season list. He has made 44 career starts, seventh all-time at Washington State. Arnold has fanned 190, eighth on the Cougar all-time list in the aluminum bat era.

Vucinich is the first Cougar shortstop to be selected since the Milwaukee Brewers made Mike Wetmore a seventh round selection in 1996. Other Cougars to be drafted by the Brewers 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), first baseman Grant Richardson (14th round, 2004) and right-handed pitcher Dane Renkert (29th round, 2005).

The Hayden, Idaho native made his first-collegiate start in the second game of his freshman season. Two games later, he moved into the starting lineup for good. He has started the last 119 games for the Cougars and 156 of the last 159 missing three games at UCLA due to injury in his freshman season. He is the only Cougar to start all 59 games in 2010. He batted .262 with 32 RBI and 45 runs and anchored an infield that turned 66 ground balls into double plays this season.