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Philadelphia Phillies Pick Matt Way of WSU in 5th Round.

June 11, 2009

14 Knights are Selected in the 2009 MLB June Draft

Philadelphia Phillies Pick Matt Way of WSU in 5th Round.

14 Knights alums were selected in the 2009 MLB draft, a franchise best. Matt Way was the first Knight picked this June. Way starred for the Corvallis Knights in 2007. He was named the Top Prospect at the 2007 WCCBL All-Star Game as voted on by MLB scouts. Matt was picked by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 5th round. Six pitchers from the Knights 2007 pitching staff were drafted including Way, Blake Keitzman, Danny Bibona, Eric Massingham, Kevin Castner and Greg Peavey. West Coast League Pitcher of the Year Jared Eskew (pictured) of Cal Poly was picked in the 29th round by Florida.

2009 Corvallis Knights Draft Picks:

* Matt Way ('07), Washington State, 5th, Philadelphia Phillies
* John Eshleman ('07), San Jacinto College, 11th, San Francisco Giants
* Blake Keitzman ('07), Western Oregon, 15th, Seattle Mariners
* Daniel Bibona ('07), UC Irvine, 16th, St. Louis Cardinals
* Nick Akins ('07), Vanguard, 19th, Los Angeles Dodgers
* Alex Burg ('08), Washington State, 24th, San Francisco Giants
* Eric Massingham ('06-07), Cal Poly, 25th, Philadelphia Phillies
* Kevin Castner ('07), Cal Poly, 26th, Texas Rangers
* Ryan Platt ('08), UC Riverside, 27th, Milwaukee Brewers
* Jared Eskew ('08), Cal Poly, 29th, Florida Marlins
* Greg Peavey ('07), Oregon State, 32nd, Houston Astros
* Jon Berger ('08), San Diego State, 33rd, San Diego Padres
* Jared Prince ('06), Washington State, 34th, Texas Rangers
* Steven Sultzbaugh ('07), Rice, 41st, Milwaukee Brewers

Current Corvallis Knights pitcher Nick Struck of Mt. Hood CC was selected in the 39th round by the Chicago Cubs. Junior shortstop Kyle Smith of Cal Poly was picked in the 14th round by Cleveland. Smith has yet to report and may not make it to Corvallis as he might sign and start his professional career this summer.