It's been a solid 2011 MLB Draft for the state of Washington as 19 players from local high schools and college were taken over the first two days. Jeff Ames, a 6-foot-4, 225 pound pitcher from Lower Columbia College, was first off the board as the Tampa Bay Rays selected him in the first compensatory round. The Rays fell in love with local pitching early, taking Blake Snell, a left-handed pitcher from Shorewood High School who committed to Washington, just 10 picks later. The two led the way, but the fun was just beginning as day two got underway.
As we detailed earlier, four Washington State Cougars were taken, led by Adam Conley. Cody Hebner, who's been pitching for Green River Community College after graduating from Auburn Mountainview High School, was taken at No. 143 and was followed by Cody Martin, a righty from Gonzaga, 93 picks later. Overall, the first five picks from the state of Washington were pitchers. You can read more about Conley here and the Cougars here.
Washington State was the school with the most players drafted, followed by Gonzaga (3), Bellevue College (2) and Shorewood High School (2). Seven players picked were from area high schools while 12 were college players, either from two-year or four-year schools. 12 of the 19 players from the state were pitching prospects and three were first basemen.
Below is a list of players from Washington taken in the 2011 MLB Draft thus far. With 20 more rounds to go, you can be sure there are more to come as the draft winds down on Wednesday.
|42||Ames, Jeff||Lower Columbia College||RHP||R/R||6'04"||225||1991-01-31||J2|
|52||Snell, Blake||Shorewood HS (WA)||LHP||L/L||6'04"||180||1992-12-04||HS|
|72||Conley, Adam||Washington State||LHP||L/L||6'03"||185||1990-05-24||JR|
|143||Hebner, Cody||Green River CC||RHP||R/R||5'11"||175||1990-11-21||J2|
|239||Jones, Austin||Edmonds Woodway HS (WA)||1B||L/R||6'01"||1992-08-20||HS|
|390||Mitsui, Trevor||Shorewood HS (WA)||1B||R/R||6'05"||225||1992-10-01||HS|
|395||Jones, Derek||Washington State||RF||L/L||6'00"||210||1990-06-03||JR|
|439||Wiper, Nicholas||Newport HS (WA)||RHP||R/R||6'04"||185||1992-06-03||HS|
|452||Watts, Kody||Skyview HS (WA)||RHP||R/R||6'03"||185||1992-12-29||HS|
|493||Sampson, Adrian||Bellevue CC||RHP||R/R||6'03"||200||1991-10-07||J1|
|674||Conwell, Kyle||Bellevue CC||LF||R/R||6'01"||195||1990-08-06||J2|
|772||Ard, Taylor||Washington State||1B||R/R||6'02"||225||1990-01-31||JR|
|790||Fisher, Jared||Newport HS (WA)||RHP||L/R||6'04"||235||1992-09-01||HS|
|828||Argyropoulos, Matthew||Washington State||3B||R/R||6'02"||1988-08-24||SR|
|873||Kela, Keone||Chief Sealth HS (WA)||RHP||R/R||6'01"||190||1993-04-16||HS|
|875||Edman, Cameron||Gonzaga U||C||R/R||6'03"||205||1988-06-17||SR|
We'll be tracking the day's events and will have more on the Mariners' picks in our 2011 MLB Draft StoryStream. For a local look at what the Mariners are planning, head over to SB Nation's Lookout Landing.