Without a selection on the first day of the MLB Draft, the first Husky was taken on the second day in round five. Junior starting pitcher Austin Voth was selected 166th overall by the Washington Nationals.
Voth had been a bright spot in another bleak season for UW baseball. He finished his junior season with a 7-6 record and 2.99 ERA. In 15 starts and 105-and-one-third innings, Voth racked up 98 strikeouts, good for second in the Pac-12.
He joined the team in 2011 and immediately found himself in the rotation, starting 13 games as a freshman, then starting 11 as a sophomore before becoming the Huskies’ Friday night starter this season.
Voth, Michael Camporeale and Jayce Ray were the Huskies’ lone representation on the Pac-12 All Conference team. All three were honorable mentions.
As an underclassman, Voth has leverage in his negotiations with the Nationals. The assigned slot bonus for the 166th pick is $272,800. With only one season of proven success under his belt, Voth may decide to return to the Huskies and try to improve his value.
If he does sign with the Nationals, he will leave UW with a 16-12 record and 3.94 ERA with 213 strikeouts in 242 innings pitched.
Junior right hander Trevor Dunlap is the next Husky expected to be drafted.