Projecting where Cougs go in MLB Draft

THE 50th Major League Baseball draft gets underway Monday at 3 p.m. and runs through Wednesday. Each of the three days hold intrigue as far as Washington State is concerned. After scouring the Web and making some phone calls, we've come up with our projection of where we think Cougar baseballers are likely to be drafted.

Monday’s portion of the draft will include the first and second rounds as well as two competitive-balance rounds (with six and five teams, respectively, taking part). CougFans should be watching to see if incoming WSU recruit Parker McFadden is taken here, or if he falls to later rounds.

McFadden told CF.C (after Donnie Marbut was dismissed but before new baseball coach Marty Lees was hired) that if he were taken in the first two rounds, he's more likely to go pro. Two projections, by Baseball America and SB Nation, peg McFadden as the No. 82 and No. 155 prospect, respectively, which would see him drafted outside the first two rounds.

The second day covers rounds three through 10, where we see as many as three Cougars potentially being drafted.

We project RHP Joe Pistorese (pictured above) to be the first roster player selected from Washington State, going between rounds eight and 12. We also project RHP Sam Triece to be selected between rounds 10-14 and LHP Matt Bower to also be picked in rounds 10-14. Pistorese and Triece are seniors, Bower is a junior.

Wednesday will feature rounds 11 through 40 on the final day of the draft.

We project catcher P.J. Jones to hear his name called between rounds 15-20, infielder Ian Sagdal to go in rounds 20-25 and RHP Sean Hartnett to be drafted in rounds 30-40. All three are seniors.

Fourth-year junior outfielder Ben Roberts could be picked in the final rounds but our guess is he goes undrafted (though that may well change by this time next year).

Teams must sign drafted players by July 17 (other than those who were college seniors). Players who have exhausted their college eligibility have until one week before the 2016 draft to sign.

One of the Cougs' draft picks a year ago is having a great start to 2015. Former Washington State infielder Nick Tanielu has been named the starting third baseman for the Western Division in the Midwest League All-Star Game.

Tanielu, who turned pro last June after being drafted in the 14th round by Houston, ranks ninth in the Class A Midwest League with a .318 batting average. He has two home runs and 29 runs batted in after 47 games with the Quad Cities River Bandits of Davenport, Iowa.

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