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Cougars Selected in 2014 MLB Draft

Yale Rosen was the first WSU baseball player taken in the 2014 MLB Draft when he was chosen in the 11th round by San Diego. (Photo: WSU Athletics) Yale Rosen was the first WSU baseball player taken in the 2014 MLB Draft when he was chosen in the 11th round by San Diego. (Photo: WSU Athletics)

Below is a list of Washington State baseball players selected in the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft on Saturday, June 7, and the releases from WSU about its drafted players. 

Yale Rosen - San Diego Padres

SECAUCUS, N.J. – Washington State junior outfielder Yale Rosen was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 11th Round of the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft, Saturday.

Rosen was the only Cougar to start all 54 games for Washington State in 2014. He batted .294 with 13 doubles, two triples, five home runs and 28 RBI. His round trippers are tied for eighth in the Pac-12.

“Before I left Pullman at the end of the season, I talked with the (WSU) coaching staff about my intentions to start my professional career,” Rosen said. “I had a chance to work out for the Padres in San Diego a couple of days ago and there are some really good people in the organization. I am going to have an opportunity to play in Eugene, Ore., in the Northwest League, so this is a very exciting time.”

A native of Oak Harbor, Wash., Rosen led the Cougars in slugging percentage each of the last two years. His 63 RBI combined in 2013-14 was top at Washington State.

Rosen is the eighth Cougar all-time to be drafted by the Padres and the first in 21 years. He joins pitcher Joe McIntosh (13th round, 1973), pitcher Bob Sherwood (25th round, 1977), second baseman Dan Wodrich (35th round, 1980), shortstop Paul Noce (14th round, 1981), pitcher Marty Kain (22nd round, 1981), pitcher Mike Costello (10th round, 1984) and pitcher Mark Hendrickson (21st round, 1993). McIntosh reached the big leagues with San Diego while Noce and Hendrickson each made their MLB debut with another club.

Nick Tanielu - Houston Astros

SECAUCUS, N.J. – The Houston Astros made Washington State redshirt sophomore Nick Tanielu the first pick of the 14th round in the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft, Saturday.

Although he played third base for the Cougars for the past two seasons, Tanielu was selected by the Astros as a second baseman.

“First and foremost, I thank God, my dad and the coaches at Washington State,” Tanielu said. “I could not have done this without them. My family and the coaches have always been in my corner. Thank you to the Coug fans for always rooting for us in good time and bad. Thank you to the Astros for providing me an opportunity to pursue my dream of playing professional baseball.”

Tanielu started 53 of 54 games for Washington State in 2014 and hit a team-best .340, to rank sixth in the Pac-12. He is also tied for third in the Pac-12 with 16 doubles and tied for fifth with 70 hits. His .364 career batting average is third all-time by a Cougar.

It is the second-straight season the Astros have selected a Cougar in the draft. Last season, Houston grabbed Adam Nelubowich as a third baseman in the 18th round. Six Cougars have been selected by the Astros all-time including pitcher Steve Quealey (18th round, 1979), pitcher Guy Normand (13th round, 1986), pitcher Mark Small (17th round, 1989) and catcher Kevin Scott (32nd round, 1989). Small played in MLB with Houston during the 1996 season.

Tanner Chleborad - Baltimore Orioles

SECAUCUS, N.J. – Washington State junior right-handed pitcher Tanner Chleborad was the 16th round selection of the Baltimore Orioles in the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft, Saturday.

The Rapid City, S.D., native posted a 3.84 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP for Washington State in 2014. He was the 481st player drafted overall and the third Cougar. Yale Rosen (11th round San Diego Padres) and Nick Tanielu (14th round, Houston Astros) were each selected earlier in the day.

It is the first time since 1995 when Mike Kinkade (ninth round, Milwaukee Brewers), Ken Cameron (14th round, St. Louis Cardinals) and Mark Hendrickson (16th round, Detroit Tigers) that the Cougars have had three student-athletes drafted in the first 16 rounds.

“I’m extremely excited to have an opportunity to play at the next level,” Chleborad said. “There is still some negotiating to do, but I am eager to see how the process plays out.”

Chleborad has made 42 starts on the mound in his career, tied for eighth in Washington State history. He is the fourth Cougar to be drafted by the Orioles all-time, joining pitcher Bryce Chamberlin (sixth round, 2004), outfielder Derek Jones (13th round, 2011) and second baseman Tommy Richards (24th round, 2012). Jones and Richards are currently active in Minor League Baseball.

Collin Slaybaugh - New York Yankees

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).

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