Ten players from the state of Washington were chosen in the first two rounds of the 1999 baseball draft. Only one -- Pirates catcher Ryan Doumit -- is currently in the major leagues.
Ten players from the state of Washington were chosen in the first two rounds of the 1999 baseball draft. Only one — Pirates catcher Ryan Doumit — is currently in the major leagues.
B.J. Garbe, No. 5 overall (Minnesota), OF, Moses Lake HS
Garbe struggled in the minors and never got higher than Class AA with Minnesota. After brief stops in the Seattle and Florida organizations, he quit in 2006 and now operates a restaurant/casino/hotel in East Wenatchee.
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Ty Howington, No. 14 (Cincinnati), P, Hudson’s Bay HS (Vancouver)
Howington was on a fast track to the majors until suffering arm injuries. He underwent elbow surgery in 2001 and shoulder surgery in 2004. He never advanced past Class AA and retired in 2005. He is a personal trainer in the Vancouver area. Howington was 22-35 with a 4.08 ERA in his five seasons
Jason Stumm, No. 15 (White Sox), P, Centralia HS
Stumm also succumbed to injury, undergoing two elbow surgeries (including Tommy John) and two shoulder surgeries (rotator cuff). He retired after the 2005 season, having played most of his career at Class A (plus seven games at AA in 2003). He went 7-16 with a 4.10 ERA in seven seasons. Stumm is living in Tucson with his wife, Britte, and infant daughter, Mackenzie, working for an exterminating company while finishing his marketing degree at the University of Arizona.
Gerik Baxter, No. 27 (San Diego), P, Edmonds Woodway HS
Baxter was killed in a car accident in August 2001 at age 21. He and former high school teammate Mark Hilde, 18, were driving along Interstate 10 east of Palm Springs, Calif., when the tire on Baxter’s pickup blew. The truck rolled and both Baxter and Hilde were killed. Baxter was on his way to resume rehabilitation from arm surgery with Class A Lake Elsinore. The Padres considered Baxter and Jake Peavy to be the top pitching prospects in the organization. In 33 games, Baxter was 10-6 with a 3.19 ERA, striking out 177 in 161 innings.
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Jeff Heaverlo, No. 33 (Mariners), P, UW (Ephrata HS)
Heaverlo appeared on his way to the Mariners, winning 14 games in 2000 at Class A and 11 in 2001 in Class AA. But a torn labrum caused him to miss the entire 2002 season, and more shoulder troubles in 2004 derailed him further. The Mariners released him in spring of 2006, and Heaverlo retired after playing a year of independent ball with Long Beach in 2007. He is living in Moses Lake, coaching the pitchers at Big Bend Community College, working at a market and finishing his UW degree in sociology.
Jason Repko, No. 37 (Dodgers), OF/INF, Hanford HS (Richland)
Repko has played in 220 games in the majors with the Dodgers in 2005, ’07 and ’08. He has a .229 average with 11 homers. Repko is hitting .280 for the Dodgers’ Class AAA team in Albuquerque.
Ryan Doumit, No. 59 (Pittsburgh), C, Moses Lake HS
The switch-hitting Doumit has developed into one of the better young catchers in the National League with Pittsburgh. Currently sidelined with a fractured right wrist, he hit .318 with 15 homers last year and signed a three-year, $11.5 million extension after the season.
Jason Cooper, No. 63 (Philadelphia), OF, Moses Lake HS
Cooper was the highest 1999 draftee not to sign, choosing to attend Stanford. He was drafted again by Cleveland in 2002 (third round, 82nd overall) and signed. He is playing his sixth season at Class AAA Buffalo, which switched affiliations from Cleveland to the Mets after last season. He signed with the Mets as a minor-league free agent. Cooper is a career .253 hitter with 99 homers in eight minor-league seasons.
Travis Anderson, No. 79 (Houston), P, UW (Newport HS, Bellevue)
Anderson had a 24-36 record and 4.85 ERA in five minor-league seasons in the Astros, Cubs and Rockies organization, advancing as high as Class AA. He is working in sales in Tampa, Fla.
Josh Pearce, No. 82 (St. Louis), P, Univ. of Arizona (West Valley HS, Yakima)
Pearce made it to the major leagues for parts of three seasons with the Cardinals (2002-04), appearing in 13 games (three starts). But recurring shoulder problems ended his career in 2005. He is now student-teaching at Highland High School in Cowiche, Wash., while serving as a volunteer coach for his alma mater, West Valley of Yakima.