30 collegians with WCCBL experience selected in 2007 MLB draft

30 collegiate prospects that played for WCCBL clubs were selected in the 2007 MLB June draft held Thursday, June 7 and Friday, June 8. The first collegian with experience playing with a WCCBL club selected in this year’s draft was WCC Pitcher of the Year Clayton Mortensen. Mortensen was picked in the 1st round (supplemental round) by the St. Louis Cardinals. Mortensen, the 36th pick of this year’s draft, starred for Wenatchee in 2005 and 2006. He went 4-2 with a 1.62 ERA last summer. The next WCCBLer selected was also chosen in the first round, Eddie Kunz of Oregon State University. Kunz, the draft’s 42nd pick, pitched for the Bellingham Bells in 2005. Other top 5 round selections were Bend’s Duke Welker of Arkansas, Grant Desme of Cal Poly SLO, Eric Sogard of Arizona State and Evan Reed of Cal Poly SLO; Kelowna’s Jess Todd of Arkansas; Corvallis’ Marc Rzepczynski of UC Riverside; and Spokane’s Jeremy Hefner of Oral Roberts. Welker, Desme and Sogard were selected in the 2nd round by Pittsburgh, Oakland and San Diego, respectively, Todd was picked by St. Louis in the 2nd round, Reed by Texas in the 3rd, Rzepczynski by Toronto in the 5th and Hefner by San Diego in the 5th.

The Corvallis Knights were the WCCBL club most represented in the draft as 8 Knights’ alums were chosen. The Bend Elks were the next most represented WCCBL team with 7.

Player / College Team / WCCBL Team / Pro Team / Round

Clay Mortensen / Gonzaga / Wenatchee / St. Louis / 1st
Eddie Kunz / Oregon State / Bellingham / Mets / 1st
Duke Welker / Arkansas / Bend / Pittsburgh / 2nd
Grant Desme / Cal Poly SLO / Bend / Oakland / 2nd
Eric Sogard / Arizona State / Bend / San Diego / 2nd
Jess Todd / Arkansas / Kelowna / St. Louis / 2nd
Evan Reed / Cal Poly SLO / Bend / Texas / 3rd
Marc Rzepczynski / UC Riverside / Corvallis & Bellingham / Toronto / 5th
Jeremy Hefner / Oral Roberts / Spokane / San Diego / 5th
Daniel Turpen / Oregon State / Corvallis / San Francisco / 8th
Jaime Pedroza / UC Riverside / Spokane / Dodgers / 9th
Heath Taylor / Univ. of Oklahoma / Kelowna / Cleveland / 10th
Matt Hague / Univ. of Washington / Corvallis / Cleveland / 11th
Wally Crancer / Georgia Tech / Corvallis / Baltimore / 12th
Darin Holcomb / Gonzaga / Spokane & Corvallis / Colorado / 12th
Garrett Parcell / San Diego State / Corvallis / Florida / 12th
Brandon McKerney / Univ. of Washington / Corvallis / Seattle / 14th
Harrison Bishop / Univ. of Washington / Corvallis / Pittsburgh / 17th
Sawyer Carroll / Univ. of Kentucky / Kelowna / Washington / 18th
Given Kutz / Univ. of Portland / Bellingham / Dodgers / 18th
Brian Parker / Lewis-Clark State / Moses Lake / Pittsburgh / 19th
Dan Wentzell / George Fox / Bend / Oakland / 20th
Curt Rindal / Univ. of Washington / Bellingham / Milwaukee / 35th
Danny Cox / Univ. of Washington / Bend / Yankees / 36th
Robert Della Grotta / Pepperdine / Bellingham / Tampa Bay / 37th
Scott Lonergan / Rice / Bend / Boston / 37th
Ari Ronick / Univ. of Portland / Wenatchee / Cincinnati / 38th
Hector Estrella / USC / Wenatchee / Angels / 40th
Johnny Bowden / USC / Bellingham / Colorado / 41st
Maj Jameson / Abilene Christian / Kelowna / St. Louis / 45th