July 18, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. - With left-handed pitcher Mark Hendrickson's relief appearance for the Baltimore Orioles, July 9, a former Washington State University Cougar has played in a MLB game for 64-straight seasons.
Only USC and Oklahoma have active streaks longer than Washington State's. The Cougars are tied for third all-time with Fordham (1889-1952) and Seton Hall (1946-2009).
After opening the year in AAA Norfolk (Va.), Hendrickson has pitched in relief three times for the Orioles and picked up a victory, July 17 with a three-shutout innings in Baltimore's 8-3 win over the Cleveland Indians.
Hendrickson is one of 17 former Cougars currently on a professional roster. The others are listed below.
PLAYER WSU YEAR(S) CURRENT TEAM ORGANIZATION (CLASS) Matt Argyropoulos 2008-11 Casper Ghosts Colorado Rockies (Rookie) Josh Ashenbrenner 2007 West Michigan Whitecaps Detroit Tigers (A) Cody Bartlett 2007, 2009-11 Bluefield Blue Jays Toronto Blue Jays (Rookie) Eddie Bonine 2002 Lehigh Valley IronPigs Philadelphia Phillies (AAA) Alex Burg 2008-09 San Jose Giants San Francisco Giants (Adv. A) Paul Gran 2006-08 Jacksonville Suns Florida Marlins (AA) Seth Harvey 2007-10 Helena Brewers Milwaukee Brewers (Rookie) Jesse Hoorelbeke 1997 Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks Independent Jim Murphy 2005-08 Lakewood BlueClaws Philadelphia Phillies (A) Matt Oye 2005-06 Inland Empire 66ers Los Angeles Angels (Adv. A) Jared Prince 2006-09 Myrtle Beach Pelicans Texas Ranges (Adv. A) Paris Shewey 2009-11 Greeneville Astros Houston Astros (Rookie) Shea Vucinich 2008-10 Brevard County Manatees Milwaukee Brewers (Adv. A) Matt Way 2006-09 Injured Philadelphia Phillies Travis Webb 2005-06 Carolina Mudcats Cincinnati Reds (AA) Michael Weber 2007-10 Injured Arizona Diamondbacks