Three Cougs off on right foot in pro baseball
MATT WAY Senior Correspondent
Posted Jun 29, 2009

MATT WAY, coming off an outstanding senior season at Washington State, pitched four innings of one-hit, shutout ball in his professional debut Friday night in Williamsport, Pa. He is just one of three Cougs whose new pro careers started off right.

Way, Philadelphia’s fifth-round draft pick, struck out three in the New York-Penn League game with Mahoning Valley of Nilles, Ohio. He did not earn a decision in the short-season Class A contest.

Jeremy Johnson, WSU’s closer this season, threw a 1-2-3 ninth inning in his pro debut with Mahoning Valley at State College, Pa., on Thursday. Johnson was the 13th-round pick of Cleveland.

Jared Prince, a right fielder during most of his four years at WSU, played first base Wednesday for the Spokane Indians and smacked a homer and double for his first two pro hits. Prince was a 34th-round pick by Texas. Spokane plays in the short-season Class A Northwest League.

Alex Burg, the fourth Cougar who was drafted and signed a pro contract this month, has yet to play with Scottsdale, Ariz., in the Rookie-class Arizona League. Burg, San Francisco’s 24th-round pick, is recovering from a knee injury.

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