In what was considered a minor upset, exactly zero WSU baseball players were selected in the first 10 rounds of the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Thursday and Friday. That won't continue for long today, as day three of the draft, comprised of rounds 11 through 40, starts at 10 a.m. PDT.
In what should be obvious at this point, WSU doesn't feature any highly regarded prospects who are draft eligible. That said, it was mildly surprising that neither Yale Rosen nor Ben Roberts -- both outfielders -- came off the board yesterday.
While the MLB draft is a pretty extreme guessing game -- the NFL and NBA drafts pale in comparison -- especially outside the first five or six rounds, it was believed Rosen and Roberts were fairly highly thought of. Scout.com rated Roberts No. 265 overall, while Rosen dropped in at No. 273 overall. Perfect Game, meanwhile, had Rosen No. 267 and Roberts No. 376. That should have placed Rosen squarely in the first 10 rounds, so don't be surprised if he comes off the board quickly today.
The team's leader in average, third baseman Nick Tanielu, was rated higher than both of them by Perfect Game (No. 259) and Scout.com considered him a candidate for rounds 6-8. He could come off the board early today as well.
Another guy who is likely to be selected today is Tanner Chleborad; he was a 24th round pick by the Seattle Mariners out of high school. Other guys who could be slected include Collin Slaybaugh, Trace Tam Sing, Kellen Camus, Scott Simon and Joe Pistorese.
WSU's highest pick a year ago, Jason Monda (6th round, Philadelphia Phillies), has let teams know he will not be signing and intends to go to medical school. Do not expect him to get drafted, unless some team wants to take a flier late in order to get his rights for a year.