June 5, 2002
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University senior Bookie Gates, a fixture at second base with 194 starts in his four-year Cougar career, was drafted Wednesday by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 25th round of the Major League Baseball draft.
Gates, a first team All-Pacific-10 Conference selection who is ranked in seven WSU career categories, hit .362 for WSU this spring while making 47 starts.
"I am very happy for Bookie," said Cougar head coach Tim Mooney. "Bookie Gates deserves the opportunity to showcase his skills at the professional level. We owe a lot to him for passing up the opportunity to turn pro last year so he could return for his senior year. He improved his draft position by 10 rounds. There is no doubt in my mind Bookie will be a success, if not as a player, then in whatever profession he chooses to pursue"
A year ago Gates hit .327 and was drafted by Minnesota in the 35th round.
Gates who concluded his Cougar career last month, played in 204 games over four years and he hit .306. The Seattle native, who graduated from Garfield High in 1998, collected 232 hits and drove home 147 runs, ranking him seventh and ninth, respectively, on WSU's career list. He also is ranked third in all-time assists with 567.
No other Cougar baseball players were picked in the MLB draft held Tuesday and Wednesday.