The MLB Draft doesn't receive the attention the NFL and MLB drafts do, but it has the biggest impact on WSU. It's rare for a WSU football or basketball player to enter the draft early, but several baseball underclassmen and recruits jump to pro ball.
The 2015 MLB Draft gets underway on Monday and once again, a few WSU players and recruits are in the mix. The first round and compensation round will be held on Monday and there doesn't figure to be any ties to WSU. That could change as soon as Tuesday when Rounds 3-10 occur. Coming off an excellent season season, Joe Pistorese should have improved his draft stock and should be drafted earlier than the 44th round like he was coming out of high school. According to Minor League Ball, WSU signee Parker McFadden is the top prospect with Cougar ties. They rank him as the No. 155 prospect in the draft. Whether he makes it to Pullman could depend heavily on just how high he goes in the draft.
If you are unfamiliar, any recruit coming out of high school or junior college is eligible to be drafted. Once they decide to go to school, they have to wait three years before being eligible again. That means any player on WSU's roster who finished their redshirt sophomore season or further, could be selected.
MLB.com will have full coverage of the draft so you'll be able to follow the Cougars along.
Speaking of WSU baseball alum, Adam Conley was called up and could soon make his Major League debut.
Adam Conley called up by Miami Marlins - CougCenter
The former Coug is getting the call, according to the Olympian's Meg Wochnick. Conley last pitched for the AAA New Orleans Zephyrs in Tacoma on Friday, when he went seven scoreless with eight strikeouts. Conley was taken in the 2nd round of the 2011 draft by the Marlins.
Volleyball Lauded for Talented Recruiting Class - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
The Washington State volleyball program, under the direction of Head Coach Jen Greeny, added one of the best recruiting classes in the nation in 2015, according to PrepVolleyball.com. The Cougars’ six incoming freshmen are listed as the 21st-overall incoming class in the country. The honor marks the second time in three seasons that Washington State’s incoming class has been recognized as a top-30 recruiting class by PrepVolleyball.com, having the 14th-best recruiting class of 2013.