SPOKANE, Wash. – Ten local players were selected in the 2011 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, including five from Washington State, four from Gonzaga, and two from Lewis-Clark State.
WSU junior left handed pitcher Adam Conley went in the second round to the Florida Marlins. Conley, the 72nd overall pick, became the highest picked Cougar since Aaron Sele and Scott Hatteberg in 1991. Conley is the seventh highest Cougar picked in school history.
Washington State junior outfielder Derek Jones was selected in the 13th round by the Baltimore Orioles. Jones, the 395th pick overall, was an Honorable Mention All Pac-10 selection the past two years.
Taylor Ard was also drafted on Tuesday. The All Pac-10 selection was picked in the 25th round by the Boston Red Sox.
WSU senior third baseman Matt Argyropolous was picked in the 27th round by the Colorado Rockies.
The fifth and final Cougar taken, was senior shortstop Cody Bartlett. The Toronto Blue Jays selected Bartlett Wednesday in the 41st round.
As for Gonzaga, senior closer Cody Martin was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 7th round, the 236th pick overall. Just four picks later in the 7th round, Tampa Bay took junior pitcher Ryan Carpenter. In the 29th round, senior catcher Cameron Edman was picked up by the Baltimore Orioles. And finally, on the third-and-final day, the Kansas City Royals selected senior center fielder Tyler Chism in the 43rd round.
Two other local college players were chosen. Lewis-Clark State senior right-hander Zach Arneson was picked in the 9th round by the New York Yankees, while left-hander Tyler Bennett was taken in the 20th round by the Detroit Tigers.
Lake City High School product Alex Capaul also heard his name called on the draft's final day. He was nabbed by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 43rd round. Capaul spent the last four seasons pitching at the University of Hawaii.