WSU's Ard and Jones, UW's Lamb selected in MLB draft

By The Tri-City HeraldJune 5, 2012 

The Seattle Mariners drafted Washington State University first baseman Taylor Ard on Tuesday, part of a solid draft day thus far for Northwest athletes.

WSU outfielder Derek Jones and University of Washington third baseman Jacob Lamb also were selected.

The Mariners selected Ard in the seventh round (221st overall). This year, Ard, a redshirt junior, led the Cougars with 12 home runs, 50 RBIs, 127 total bases and a .577 slugging percentage. He also batted .332.

This was Ard's third time being drafted. The Vancouver, Wash., native was chosen by the Florida Marlins in 2010 and by the Boston Red Sox last year.

Jones was selected in the eighth round (258th overall) by the Colorado Rockies. Jones, an outfielder from Snohomish, batted a team-best .335 with nine homers and 45 RBIs in his senior season at WSU. He and Ard made the 2012 All-Pac-12 Conference team and were named honorable mention on the conference all-academic team.

Lamb went in the sixth round (213th overall) to the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was drafted in 2009 by the Pittsburgh Pirates, but his decision to stay with the Huskies paid off. The former Bishop Blanchet standout led UW in several statistical categories in 2011. As a junior this season, he batted .321 with a team-best 30 RBIs and started all 54 games in which he played. He also was named All-Pac-12 honorable mention.

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