June 6, 2013
PULLMAN, Wash. - The 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft begins, Thursday and continues through Saturday. It is a time when baseball players anxiously await to hear their name called by a professional team.
At Washington State, a student-athlete has heard his name called 25 times since Cougar Head Coach Donnie Marbut took over the program in 2005.
Many of those men are still chasing their Major League dream in Minor League Baseball.
Currently, pitcher Travis Webb (eighth round, 2006) and infielder Paul Gran (seventh round, 2008) are the closest to making the dream a reality. They are in AAA with the Milwaukee Brewers and Miami Marlins respective organizations.
First baseman Jim Murphy (17th round, 2008), infielder Shea Vucinich (20th round, 2010) and pitcher Adam Conley (second round, 2011) are all in AA. Murphy is with the Philadelphia Phillies' organization. Vucinich is a property of the Brewers and Conley is a Marlins' prospect.
Nelubowich batted .299, led the team with 14 doubles, and drove in 34 runs. Monda recorded a .294 average, tied for the team lead (Yale Rosen) with seven home runs and knocked in a team-high 40. On the mound, he was 2-2 with a save and a 1.57 ERA in 16 games, including three starts.