One surprising name on Day 2 of the Major League Baseball draft was Washington quarterback Isaiah Stanback, who was selected in the 45th round by the Baltimore Orioles.
Another UW quarterback, Jake Locker of Ferndale High School, was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in the 40th round. He has made it clear he will attend UW in the fall to play football.
Stanback, who played baseball throughout his high school years at Garfield and said the sport was "my first love," said he had no intention of signing with the Orioles now. But he said it's something he might look into next year after his senior season as quarterback for the Huskies.
"It's just a backup plan type of thing," said Stanback, who is a center fielder. "It's one of those things where, if football doesn't work out, I can always come back to it."
Stanback said the Orioles told him of their interest a week ago, so he wasn't surprised when they called again Wednesday to tell him he had been selected.
"They realize I have football stuff," he said. "It's just good to have options."
Stanback said he first played organized baseball at age 6. He played throughout his high-school years, including summer and select teams and, as a senior, attended a workout staged by the Mariners for top high-school prospects.
He then turned out briefly for the UW baseball team as a freshman in 2003 but quit before playing in any games to concentrate on football. He also has run track for the Huskies the past two springs and just missed qualifying for the national championships in the 100 meters.
"I might run out to the [batting] cages and mess around," Stanback said. "But I'm focusing on football."
It's not the first time a UW quarterback has been taken in the baseball draft. Mark Brunell was selected in the 44th round in 1992 by the Atlanta Braves, and Billy Joe Hobert was taken in the 16th round in 1993 by the Chicago White Sox. Hobert played briefly in the White Sox minor-league system.
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|Second-day draft picks from Washington state|
|Twenty-eight players from the state were selected Wednesday in rounds 19 through 50 of the Major League Baseball draft. On Tuesday, 17 players from the state were selected in the first 18 rounds.|
||OF Jason Moseby
||Newport HS (Bellevue)|
||RHP Cam Nobles
||Jackson HS (Mill Creek)|
||RHP Richie Lentz
||Washington (Woodinville HS)|
||RHP Kyle Parker
||Washington (West Valley HS, Yakima)|
||C Tyler Hauschild
||Edmonds CC (West Valley HS, Spokane)|
||3B Shea McFeely
||Oregon State (Federal Way HS, Tacoma CC)|
||OF Chris Dupart
||2B Brooks Lindsley
||Mount Hood CC (Mountain View HS, Vancouver)|
||RHP Andrew Conklin
||South Mountain CC (Federal Way HS)|
||OF Jarett Jackson
||Jefferson HS (Federal Way)|
||RHP Austin Weilep
||Lewis-Clark State College (Northport HS)|
||OF Pat Allen
||Everett CC (Jackson HS, Mill Creek)|
||RHP Chad Arnold
||Southridge HS (Kennewick)|
||RHP Daniel Johansen
||SS Trent Henderson
||Newport HS (Bellevue)|
||C Nick Cejka
||Columbia Basin College (Richland HS)|
||Los Angeles Angels
||RHP Jake Locker
||3B Tyler Mach
||Oklahoma State (Kentlake HS, Edmonds CC, UW)|
||RHP Jay Taylor
||West Seattle HS|
||C Mitch Canham
||Oregon State (Lake Stevens HS)|
||RHP D.J. Lidyard
||Lower Columbia College (Cascade Christian HS, Puyallup)|
||OF Isaiah Stanback
||Washington (Garfield HS)|
||RHP Mason Tobin
||Western Nevada CC (Kentridge HS, Kent)|
||LHP Troy Burki
||Gig Harbor HS|
||SS Jordan Shadle
||Green River CC (Bethel HS, Spanaway)|
||RHP Paul Dickey
||Lower Columbia College (Lake Washington HS, Kirkland)|
||LHP Patrick Donovan
||Gonzaga (North Central HS, Spokane)|
||RHP Ryan Davis