SECAUCUS, N.J. – Washington State senior Collin Slaybaugh was selected in the 26th round of the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the New York Yankees, Saturday.
Slaybaugh was a catcher/outfielder for the Cougars and the Yankees selected him as a backstop, making him the first Washington State student-athlete drafted as a catcher since Alex Burg (San Francisco Giants) in 2009.
“I want to thank my family for its support,” Slaybaugh said. “We had a lot of my family watching the draft at our house and they all went out to buy Yankees’ gear as soon as I was drafted. Thank you to the WSU Cougars. It has been a great four years. Most of my family members are Cougars so I have been a Coug my whole life. Now, I am excited to see what I can do in pro ball.”
The Puyallup, Wash., native batted .299 in 2014 and .305 in his career. He threw out 32.8 percent of runners trying to steal at Washington State. He was also a two-time Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-American and the 2014 Pac-12 Conference Scholar-Athlete for baseball.
Slaybaugh was the fourth Cougar drafted, Saturday following Yale Rosen (11th round, San Diego Padres), Nick Tanielu (14th round, Houston Astros) and Tanner Chleborad (16th round, Baltimore Orioles).
It is the first time since 2000 (outfielder Jason Grove, third round) the Yankees drafted a Cougar and the fifth time overall. Other Washington State student-athletes selected by New York include pitcher Julian Karp (21st round, 1966), pitcher Eric Snider (20th round, 1978) and pitcher Stacy Morgan (42nd round, 1982).