Cowart, Two Signees Taken in MLB Draft

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State pitcher Adam Cowart and Wildcat signees Ronnie Welty and Scott Bachman were taken in the final day of the 2006 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Wednesday.


Cowart was taken in the 35th round by San Francisco, while Welty was drafted in the 37th round by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Bachman wrapped up the day for K-State when he was taken in the 44th round by the Colorado Rockies.


Cowart, the 1,046th pick of the draft, was a big part of the weekend pitching rotation in two seasons at Kansas State. Last season, Cowart went 7-4 with a 3.93 ERA and for his career, went 13-11 with a 3.70 ERA in 28 games. In 2006, Cowart led the Wildcats with a 3.12 ERA and finished the season with six wins, 72 strikeouts and walked just 11 in 89.1 innings. For his career, the Pearland, Texas, native struck out 142 and walked just 26 in 190.0 innings.


Welty, an outfielder, is a two-time all-state selection from Mesquite High School in Gilbert, Arizona, while Bachman, a late spring addition, is a three-time all-conference left-handed pitcher at Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins, Colo.


Cowart and the two signees join Jared Goedert, a ninth round pick Tuesday of the Cleveland Indians, as current and future Wildcats taken in the 2006 MLB Draft.