Cougs Sagdal, Pistorese, Jones, Bower drafted

A QUARTET OF Cougars -- infielder Ian Sagdal, pitcher Joe Pistorese, catcher P.J. Jones and picther Matt Bower -- came off the board Wednesday in the Major League Baseball draft. Two of them, Pistorese and Jones, won't have far to travel.

Sagdal was selected in the 16th round by the Washington Nationals. Pistorese went in the 17th round to Seattle. The Mariners also picked Jones in the 19th round.

Sagdal, who started all 55 games this season, led the Cougs this season with a .298 average, a .498 slugging percentage and in home runs with six.

Pistorese, who posted a 2.41 ERA in 15 starts, led Washington State in multiple categories including innings pitched (104.2), complete games (four) and strikeouts (67).

Jones, who impressed with his play from behind the plate, hit .258 and stole seven bases in 10 attempts. He also has a good eye, drawing 23 walks this season.

Bower, a southpaw, was taken in the 23rd round by the Houston Astros. The only junior of the group, he was 7-3 on the season. He carded a 4.73 ERA but struck out 53 in 47 innings of work.

Incoming Cougar freshman pitcher Parker McFadden was drafted in the 20th round by Seattle.

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