WSU Baseball Notebook

CURRENT AND FORMER Washington State baseball players like Taylor Ard, Kyle Johnson, Rusty Shellhorn, Seth Harvey, Adam Conley and Yale Rosen are piling up impressive numbers this summer in minor league pro and summer college leagues.

Ard, the Seattle Mariners' seventh-round draft pick in June, is second in runs batted in (19) and tied for fourth in home runs (four) in the short-season Class A Northwest League. The big first baseman is hitting .255 for Everett.

Outfielder Derek Jones has struggled with Tri-City in the Northwest League. Colorado's eighth-round draft pick is hitting just .167 with no homers and two RBIs in 22 games.

Outfielder Kyle Johnson, the 25th-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Angels, is batting .317 with a homer, six RBIs and four steals in as many tries with the Orem (Utah) Owlz of the Rookie-class Pioneer League. He's played in 19 games.

Patrick Claussen, a third baseman taken in the 34th round by Miami, carries a .292 batting average after his first eight games in the Rookie-class Gulf Coast League. He has no homers and one RBI.

Tommy Richards, the other WSU player drafted in June, is batting .219 with no homers and one RBI in 10 games in the Gulf Coast League. Baltimore picked Richards in the 24th round.

Former Cougars pitcher Rusty Shellhorn, drafted out of Texas Tech by Seattle in the 31st round last month, is off to a sensational start in the Rookie-class Arizona League. In three games (two starts), the little lefty with the big curveball is 1-0 with a 0.69 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 13 innings.

Harvey followed Conley's lead and was recently promoted to the Class A Florida State League. The former WSU teammates had pitched in the all-star games of the Class A Midwest and South Atlantic leagues, respectively.

Harvey, a relief pitcher in the Milwaukee farm system, is 2-0 with a 4.50 earned run average and no saves in five games with Brevard County (Fla.). He was 4-0 with a 2.66 ERA and 13 saves with Wisconsin (Appleton).

One of Harvey's old WSU teammates, Shea Vucinich, recently strung together four consecutive two-hit games for Brevard County. The third baseman is hitting .250 with four home runs and 25 RBIs in 75 games.

Conley owns a 1-0 record and 2.40 ERA after three games with Jupiter (Fla.). He went 7-3 with a 2.78 ERA at Greensboro (N.C.).

Another Florida State League stalwart out of WSU, first baseman Jim Murphy, is fourth in RBIs (55) and tied for seventh in home runs (10). The Philadelphia Phillies farmhand is batting .273 in 80 games with Clearwater (Fla.).

Former WSU standout Jared Prince carries a .228 batting average after 69 games with Frisco (Texas) in the Class AA Texas League. Prince, a right fielder in the Texas Rangers organization, has eight home runs and 29 RBIs.

Travis Webb, who has spent seven years in the Cincinnati Reds farm system since being drafted in the eighth round out of WSU in 2006, is putting up solid numbers in his first full season of Triple-A ball.

Used as a situational reliever, the left-handed Webb has struck out 38 in 34 innings and allowed just 21 hits in 36 games with Louisville (Ky.) in the International League. He's 2-4 with a 4.50 ERA.

In summer college league action, WSU outfielder Yale Rosen is the reigning Player of the Week in the New England Collegiate Baseball League. He smashed three home runs and two doubles and hit .500 in five games with the Newport (R.I.) Gulls.

After batting just .087 (2-for-23) in limited action as a freshman at WSU this year, Rosen ranks seventh in the NECBL in hitting at .367 and is tied for first with 10 doubles in 22 games.

Another rising sophomore from WSU, pitcher Joe Pistorese, is 3-1 with a 3.52 ERA in five starts with Keene (N.H.) in the NECBL.

Adam Nelubowich is another Cougar playing amateur ball on the East Coast this summer. He's batting leadoff and playing third base for the Cotuit (Mass.) Kettleers in the Cape Cod League.

Nelubowich has a .288 average, two homers and seven RBIs in 21 games.

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