June 8, 2011
DAY TWO 2011 MLB DRAFT PICKS
SECAUCUS, N.J. - Washington State University middle infielder Cody Bartlett became the fifth Cougar selected in the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft when the Toronto Blue Jays nabbed him in the 41st round, Wednesday.
Bartlett was the 1,249th overall player drafted this year. He is the fifth Cougar selected in 2011, marking the second time in the last three years Washington State has had five draftees. It also equal the most Cougars selected during one draft in the post-Bobo Brayton era (1995, 2009).
Other Cougars drafted this year include junior left-handed pitcher Adam Conley (second round, Florida Marlins), junior outfielder Derek Jones (13th round, Baltimore Orioles) redshirt-sophomore first baseman Taylor Ard (25th round, Boston Red Sox) and senior third baseman Matt Argyropoulos (27th round, Colorado Rockies).
"Thank you to everyone who got me to this point," Bartlett said. "From my youth days to everyone at WSU, I am forever grateful."
A native of Kent, Bartlett started 37 games as a true freshman in 2007 and another 28 as a redshirt-sophomore in 2009. His breakout year came in 2010 when he made 56 starts (all at second base) and batted a team-leading .323 while adding seven home runs and 34 RBI. He added 16 doubles and was 8-for-10 in stolen bases. His two-run home run in the eighth inning provided Washington State an 8-6 victory over Kansas State in the first game of the NCAA Fayetteville Regional. Coupled with his stellar defense in Arkansas, he was named to the all-region team after garnering Pacific-10 Conference honorable mention.
As a fifth-year senior in 2011, Bartlett batted .283 with 12 doubles, two triples, one home run and 25 RBI. He started 51 games (30 at SS, 20 at 2B, 1 as DH). In his career, he made 125 starts as a second baseman and 46 as a shortstop.
Toronto selected Bartlett as a shortstop. He is the fourth Cougar drafted by the Blue Jays all-time joining John G. Olerud (1988, third round), pitcher Darin Nolan (1991, 35th round) and outfielder Deron Pointer (1992, 31st round).