Good morning. As CougCenter noted, three current Cougars were selected in the Major League Baseball draft on. Saturday brought more news, as four WSU Baseball signees joined them. The (hopefully) future Cougars now have a decision to make as to whether they will sign Major League contracts or head to WSU to play for Marty Lees.
The four prospects were taken in the 11th, 23rd, 39th and 40th rounds.
First up was a pitcher from north of the border.
Polancic is a big (6-3, 200 lbs) right-handed pitcher from British Columbia. Here is what his coach had to say upon his signing:
"Jake is one of the hardest working players I have ever had in my 12 years with the Langley Blaze. He is a quiet guy but leads by example and was voted team captain this year. The type of pitcher the Cougar fans can expect is a guy who competes hard on the mound with good arm action who throws a heavy ball with good movement and throws three plus pitches."
Next up was Nate Easley, an outfielder out of Yavapai College in Arizona. The Padres took Easley in the 23rd Round. Easley, son of longtime major leaguer Damien Easley, stood out at Yavapai, hitting .403 with 11 homeruns and 65 RBI last season.
Later, in the 39th Round, the Cubs picked another future Cougar.
Block is another tall pitcher, checking in at 6-5. He cooled off a bit from his 7-1 junior season, finishing 3-3 as a senior. However, he lowered his ERA from 1.81 to 1.41. Here is Marty Lees' quote upon the Block signing:
"A.J. is a tremendous athlete. He is 6’5/180 now and can throw 3-4 pitches for strikes and pitches at a very high level. We believe that A.J. is a future weekend starter here at Washington State."
Finally, in the 40th round, someone with a familiar name to Mariner nerds like myself got the call.
Sinatro finished his high school career with a .277 average, one homerun and 16 RBI. Marty Lees envisions him in a future leadoff spot:
"Danny has speed you can’t teach and I think he can play on either side of the bag. We believe he can be a leadoff hitter in our program and his energy, work ethic, enthusiasm, leadership, and overall skill are the things that have us excited about Danny coming to play at Washington State."
Sinatro is the son of Matt Sinatro, formerly known as the guy who backed up former Mariners catcher Dan Wilson.
Congratulations to the WSU signees who got their name called in the Major League Baseball Draft. Now hopefully all three decide to become Cougs anyway.
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Best beer(s) I had this week: The last couple weeks were truncated somewhat by a trip to everyone's favorite area of the globe. I tried a few regional beers over there, and the best one was a Lebanese pilsner called Almaza. It wasn't bad. Reminded me of Grolsch.
I was able to make up for some lost time when I got back. Coming in second was Cigar City's Oatmeal Raisin Brown. The easy winner was Swamp Head Homebrew Grown. I may dislike the football team in Gainesville, but man, I am a huge fan of the brewery from there.