Savannah State Sports Information
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Savannah State junior outfielder Justin Washington was selected in the 35th round of the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Listed at 6-4, 190-lbs., the Decatur, Georgia native who attended Columbia High School, helped the Tigers reach the 2019 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament for the first time since 2015.
Washington is the fourth Savannah State baseball player to be drafted with the last being Kyle McGowin who was picked in the fifth round in the 2013 draft by the Los Angeles Angels. In 2003, Jeff Urgelles was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 26th round. Clay Cleveland was also picked up by the Reds in the 2003 draft, going in the 39th round.
Washington finished the 2019 season batting .242. He started 39 of the 40 games he played in and ended the year with 153 at bats, 23 runs, 37 hits, three doubles, one triple, two home runs, 24 RBI while drawing seven walks. Washington had 14 steals in 15 attempts. In the field, Washington had 125 put outs, two assists and four errors for a .969 fielding percentage.
His best outings of the 2019 season came in games against Florida A&M and Charleston Southern. In a game against FAMU, he went 3-for-3 at the plate and in a contest with Charleston Southern, he collected three hits and drove in two runs.