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Four Cougars selected in MLB draft

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Two top recruits drafted as well

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It was day of change for the Washington State University baseball team. As new coach Brian Green was being introduced, pitcher AJ Block, shortstop Andres Alvarez, center fielder Danny Sinatro, and first baseman Dillon Plew were being selected on the 3rd day of the MLB draft. Incoming recruits first baseman Will Simpson and outfielder Brady Hill were selected as well. Let’s take a look at where each of them was picked.

LHP AJ Block 17th Rd Detroit Tigers:

Block is 6-foot-5 218 pound left-handed pitcher who hails from Newport high school in Bellevue. He was selected after a rough junior season in which he went 0-8 with a 6.06 ERA. Block did average 8.6 strikeouts per 9 innings and is a tall lefthander which is always coveted. It will be interesting to see if Block signs with the Tigers or comes back for his senior season with new coach Brian Green.

SS Andres Alvarez 22nd Rd Pittsburgh Pirates:

The senior had an excellent career for the Cougs earning All Pac-12 honorable mention honors during his three years starting in the middle of the diamond. Alvarez came to WSU from Trinidad JC and has been arguably the Cougars best player since arriving in Pullman.

CF Danny Sinatro 32nd Rd LA Dodgers:

Sinatro is the son of former Mariners catcher Matt Sinatro and has been WSU’s starting centerfielder for the last three years. Sinatro is a Sammamish native who attended Skyline high school and was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 40th round out of high school. Sinatro is also a junior so he has a decision to make.

1B Dillon Plew 40th rd Houston Astros:

Junior left-handed first baseman hit .270 with 4 home runs this season.

1B Will Simpson (incoming freshman) 18th Rd Pittsburgh Pirates:

Simpson hails from the same high school as Sinatro and checks in at a powerful 6-foot-4 210 pounds. Simpson had offers from UW, Gonzaga and Nebraska as well and was ranked the 8th best prep first baseman in the country. Hopefully Green can convince Simpson to head to “God’s country”.

CF Brady Hill (incoming freshman) 39th Rd Colorado Rockies:

GSL MVP out of Mt. Spokane told the Spokesman-Review he is still planning on attending WSU next year.

Major league teams are allowed to offer up to $125,000 to any player drafted after the 10th round without going over their bonus pool. It will be interesting to see whether Block, Sinatro, Simpson, and Plew will be on next year’s squad or starting their professional career. Congrats to all the Cougar draftees!

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