West Memphis native & MLB Draft pick Curtis Washington Jr. signs with Mariners

West Memphis native is in his first season with Purdue baseball.
West Memphis native is in his first season with Purdue baseball.(Source: Purdue Baseball)
Published: Jul. 19, 2022 at 4:16 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 25, 2022 at 11:14 AM CDT
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A West Memphis native got the call in Day 3 of the 2022 MLB Draft.

The Seattle Mariners selected Curtis Washington Jr. in the 19th Round on Tuesday afternoon. The Purdue outfielder was the 576th overall pick. He hit .314 this past season with 2 home runs and 30 RBI. Washington led the Big Ten with 31 steals. He paced Purdue with 69 hits and 52 runs.

Curtis signed with the Mariners on Saturday. Region 8 Sports profiled Washington in May during his breakout season with the Boilermakers.

Curtis started his collegiate career at Arkansas. He played 2 seasons for the Diamond Hogs and was on the 2019 squad that reached the College World Series. Washington left Fayetteville for Wabash Valley College. He hit .421 for WVC in 2021 with 8 home runs and 63 RBI, earned JUCO All-American honors. Washington committed to Purdue in November 2021.

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