This year's MLB draft had a decidedly local flavor for the Cougars as two players and one top recruit were selected by the hometown nine. The Seattle Mariners selected all-Pac-12 pitcher Joe Pistorese in the 17th round, catcher P.J. Jones in the 19th round and top pitching recruit Parker McFadden in the 20th.
McFadden is still expected to be heading to WSU, however, as most top draft prospects drafted after the tenth round do not sign. This is due to the fact that MLB bonus rules require money to be taken out of the pool for the team's top ten picks if a player selected in round eleven or above demands more than $100,000. McFadden was member of both Baseball America's and Keith Law of ESPN's top 100 draft prospects.
"I think I'll honor my commitment [to WSU]," McFadden told MLB.com's Greg Johns. "It was going to depend on where I was drafted. I think my signability was too high. I can get more mature and increase my stock a little bit, develop more quality pitches."
Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune was able to get comments from Mariners scouting director Tom McNamara on Pistorese and Jones.
Both are huge Mariners fans and stoked to be drafted by the hometown team, according to Johns.
"The first guy who called me was Joe," Jones said. "That's my guy. We made a pretty good combo at Wazzu. We're excited to take this to next level and see what we can do. He's one of my best friends and we were together almost every day all through college. They got a good one."
Not to be forgotten are the two other Crimson standouts selected yesterday. All-Pac-12 honorable mention infielder Ian Sagdal went in the 16th round to Washington and reliever Matt Bower was chosen by Houston in the 23rd round. They join pitcher Sam Triece selected on Tuesday by Tampa Bay. All the players are seniors except Bower, who has the option to return to WSU and new coach Marty Lees.
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SEATTLE -- When Joe Pistorese and P.J. Jones begin their Minor League baseball careers in the coming days, they won't have to go far to find a familiar face. The two senior roommates at Washington State were both selected Wednesday by the Mariners in the final day of the Draft, and hope to continue their journey together now in the professional ranks. Pistorese, a left-handed pitcher who was born in Seattle and went to high school in Kalispell, Mont., was the Mariners' 17th-round pick. Jones, a catcher from Mountain View High in Vancouver, Wash., went to the Mariners in the 19th round.
Washington State baseball had five players selected in the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft.