June 8, 2013
SECAUCUS, N.J. - Washington State redshirt-junior Adam Nelubowich was selected by the Houston Astros in the 18th round of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft, Saturday.
Nelubowich, who spent time in the outfield and at third base for the Cougars in 2013, was selected as a third baseman by the Astros. He was the first pick of the round and the 527th player drafted overall.
The Stony Plain, Alberta native batted .299 with a team-leading 14 doubles last spring. He added three triples, three home runs and 34 RBI. He was the only Cougar to have his name in the batting order for all-55 games in 2013.
Nelubowich is the third Washington State player drafted in 2013 joining Jason Monda (sixth round, Philadelphia) and J.D. Leckenby (14th round, New York Mets). He is the fifth Cougar drafted by the Astros all-time and the first since the Astros moved to the American League.
Other Cougars drafted by the Astros include pitcher Steve Quealey (18t round, 1979), pitcher Guy Normand (13th round, 1986), pitcher Mark Small (17th round, 1989) and catcher Kevin Scott (32nd round, 1989). Small pitched in 16 MLB games for the Astros in 1996.