Lewis-Clark State College pitchers Austin Pentecost and Luke Goodgion were among the players selected in rounds 16-40 during the Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday.
Pentecost, a senior right-hander from Kennewick, Wash., was selected in the 29th round by the Chicago Cubs with the 884th overall pick, while Goodgion, a left-handed junior from Kent, Wash., was chosen in the 33rd round as the 1,022nd pick by the Tampa Bay Rays.
Lewis-Clark State has now had a total of 121 players selected in the draft since 1975, and has had at least one player selected in every draft since 1978.
“It feels good—kind of like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders,” Pentecost said about being drafted. “I talked to a few scouts the night before and they were telling me that I’d probably get picked somewhere between 16-30, but I was really surprised by the Cubs because I hadn’t really talked to them all season.”
Pentecost, who transferred to LCSC from Walla Walla Community College, made 14 starts for the Warriors this year and finished with a 6-3 record and an ERA of 2.82. In 79.2 innings, he had 71 strikeouts and held opponents to a .204 batting average.
“There were a lot of other places I could have gone,” Pentecost said about his decision to come to Lewis-Clark State. “I knew LC would be one of the toughest places to go to, but I also knew that it would be the best place because it would get me ready. It was a great experience at LC and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”
Pentecost becomes the first Warrior in program history to be drafted by the Cubs. LCSC has now had at least one player drafted from all 30 of the current MLB franchises.
Goodgion, who transferred to the Warriors from Green River Community College, appeared in 10 games (seven starts) for the Warriors this season. He established a 2-1 record with an ERA of 2.48 which was fourth best on the team. In 36.1 innings, the 6-foot-4 southpaw struck out 33 and held batters to a .222 average.
Goodgion becomes the second Warrior to be taken by the Rays. The San Francisco Giants hold the title for drafting the most Warriors as they have selected a total 19 players from LCSC over the years.