June 7, 2011
SECAUCUS, N.J. - Third baseman Matt Argyropoulos, a four-year player for Washington State University, was drafted in the 27th round of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft, Tuesday by the Colorado Rockies.
Argyropoulos was the 828th selection overall. He was the fourth Cougar selected, joining junior left-handed pitcher Adam Conley (second round, Florida Marlins), junior outfielder Derek Jones (13th round, Baltimore Orioles) and redshirt-sophomore first baseman Taylor Ard (25th round, Boston Red Sox). The four picks equals the Cougars' 2010 total.
"I'm blessed and excited to have this opportunity," Argyropoulos said. "Playing professional baseball has been a dream since I began playing at a competitive level."
A native of Longview, Argyropoulos saw limited action as a freshman before moving into a starting role as a sophomore in 2009. His batting average improved each year as a Cougar and topped out at .283 in 2011. He collected 50 extra-base hits and 96 RBI during his Washington State career.
Argyropoulos is the third Cougar to be drafted by the Rockies, following catcher Eric Wulf (1992, 19th round) and pitcher James Freeman (2005, 17th round).
The draft concludes Wednesday with rounds 31-50.