Multiple Cougs taken in MLB draft

THREE COUGAR UNDERCLASSMEN plus four incoming Washington State signee were selected in the Major League Baseball draft as the three-day event wrapped up on Saturday.

All seven were taken on Day Three of the draft (rounds 11-40).  This year, underclassmen draftees have until July 15 to make the decision on whether to go pro.

Junior P Ian Hamilton (pictured above) was selected in the 11th round by the Chicago White Sox, while prep pitcher Jake Polancic out of British Columbia, who signed with the Cougars in May, was also taken in the 11th round (Arizona).

Junior P Layne Bruner was an 18th round pick of the Baltimore Orioles, outfielder signee Nate Easley went in the 23rd round to San Diego and junior infielder Trek Stemp was taken in the 29th round by the Tampa Bay Rays. Signees A.J. Block (P) and Danny Sinatro (INF) were selected in the 39th and 40th rounds by the Cubs and Indians, respectively.

Hamilton, a three-time All-Pac-12 selection out of Vancouver, Wash., owns the school record with 28 career saves despite moving to the starting rotation this season. In three seasons at WSU, Hamilton owns 28 saves, five wins, 123 strikeouts in 160 innings and a 3.60 ERA.

Polancic is a right-hander from Langley Secondary in British Columbia with a fastball in the low 90s. Easley signed with WSU out of Yavapai College in Prescott, Ariz. The junior-to-be led his team with a .389 batting average, posting 17 doubles, eight home runs, 44 RBI, 68 runs scored, 25 stolen bases and a .471 on-base percentage

Bruner, from Montesano, Wash., appeared in 13 games out of the bullpen this season. He has 47 career appearances in a Cougar uniform, mainly as a reliever, with 38 strikeouts in 46.2 career innings pitched. 

Stemp, out of Kennewick, earned All-Pac-12 Conference honors after finishing the regular season fifth in the conference with a .355 batting average and tied for second with 12 stolen bases. Stemp owns a .312 career batting average in 130 games, with 149 hits, 19 doubles, 79 runs scored, 19 stolen bases and 43 career multiple-hit games in his three seasons at WSU.

Block and Sinatro signed with WSU in November. Block is said to have a mid-to-high 80s fastball and a big curve. Sinatro swiped 10 bases and helped lead Skyline to the 4A title this season.

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