Damon Jones, WSU’s LHP, was drafted in the 18th round of the Major League Baseball draft
Washington State pitchers Damon Jones and Colby Nealy, and third baseman Shane Matheny were all drafted Wednesday, on the third day of the Major League Baseball draft.
Jones was the first Cougar off the board. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies Wednesday in the 18th round, with the 533rd overall pick. The 6-foot-5, 230-pounder from Twin Falls, Idaho finished his redshirt junior season at WSU in 2017 with a 4.72 ERA for the Cougars.
Jones, a left-handed pitcher, started 13 games for WSU and posted a 3-3 record.
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Jones started his collegiate baseball career at the College of Southern Idaho before transferring to WSU in 2016. He played his prep ball at Twin Falls High, and won an Idaho 4A state title as a sophomore.
Jones comes from an athletic family. His mother, Nancy, played basketball at Idaho State. His father, Todd, played football at Idaho State, and his grandfather, Darrall Imhoff won a basketball national championship at Cal in 1959 before going on to play 12 seasons in the NBA. Imhoff also won a gold medal with Team USA in the 1960 Rome Olympics.
A few rounds after Jones’ name came off the draft board, the San Francisco Giants selected WSU third baseman Shane Matheny in the 23rd round of the draft, with the 696th overall pick.
Matheny, a Bremerton native, started 50 games for the Cougs last season, and led WSU with 34 RBI and a .309 batting average. He was second on the team with 59 hits and 16 doubles.
Then, in the 35th round, the Los Angeles Dodgers took right-handed relief pitcher Colby Nealy.
Nealy, who is from Bothell, went 4-3 in 27 appearances for WSU last season and had a 6.13 ERA. The 6-foot-5, 190-pound junior played his prep ball at Bothell High, where he was named to the All-King County second team…