A day after seeing two juniors selected in the major
league baseball draft, Washington State lost a pair of seniors Tuesday. And two
more Lewis-Clark State players were selected as well.
L-C's Derek Bruce, a Lewiston High graduate, was the first to go, taken by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 19th round as the 566th overall pick. His Warrior teammate, pitcher Scott Fairbanks, was selected by Oakland in the 33rd round, 997th overall.
Brandon Reddinger, the Cougars' catcher, was taken in the 20th round by Pittsburgh (No. 592). Then Seattle selected Aaron Trolia, a right-handed pitcher, in the 27th round (No. 813).
Bruce, a junior shortstop, hit .309 with seven home runs and 51 RBI this season. He spent the first two years of his collegiate career at WSU.
Though he didn't make the Warriors' NAIA World Series roster, Fairbanks posted a 2.41 ERA in 17 relief appearances, tied for second-most on the team. The senior from Bremerton, Wash., went 1-0 on the year.
Reddinger, from Kennewick, hit .258 this year with two home runs and 24 RBI. He started 56 games behind the plate for WSU.
As a transfer from Clemson before the season, Trolia led the Cougar pitching staff with a 4.25 ERA. He tied for second on the team with six wins.
On Monday, Baltimore grabbed WSU pitcher Bryce Chamberlin in the sixth round. Grant Richardson, a first baseman, went to Milwaukee in the 14th round.
Philadelphia drafted L-C's Kyle Allen in the 16th round. Catcher Tyler Best went to Oakland in the same round.