Tim Lincecum is the Friday night starter for the University of Washington. The right-handed junior is 11-3 this season with a 2.06 ERA. He recently set a Pac-10 record for career strikeouts and leads all of Division I baseball with 174 K's this season in 109 1/3 innings pitched. Opposing hitters have managed just a .168 batting average against the Huskies' ace.
Last year, Lincecum was a draft-eligible sophomore and was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 42nd round. After a superb showing in the Cape Cod League, Lincecum decided to head back to college for his junior season. It's a move that has paid off, as Lincecum's name has been mentioned prominently among the top draft prospects in the country. He's agreed to write a journal for MLB.com chronicling his experiences leading up to the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.
Well, we got off to a rough start this weekend, losing 5-0 to the Stanford Cardinal. This game was definitely a tough matchup, as I went up against the Stanford ace, Greg Reynolds. He pitched extremely well that night and held off our potent offense. From what I hear, he is supposed to be a high draft pick this year and rightfully so.
Offensively, Stanford is a good hitting team that puts the ball in play. In fact, all of the teams in the Pac-10 play good baseball, so every week is a challenge. You can't let up against any of them. The Cardinal came out swinging their bats and handed us our first series sweep of the season.
The next few weeks leading up to the draft are going to be exciting, but tough. Finals are around the corner and I've got some pretty heavy studying to do as well as trying to help get us into the postseason.
I can't think of anything better than helping the University of Washington get to Omaha for a chance to play in the College World Series. Man, that would be awesome!
I've been talking to the scouts a bit more lately and I'm pretty sure I've talked to almost every team by now. They've all wished me nothing but the best of luck. It's kind of weird to think that in a few weeks all this will be over and it will be time to move on to the next level. But we've still got some unfinished business to take care of up here at UW if we want to reach our goal of Omaha.
Next up, we travel to the University of Pacific in what will be my final regualar season road trip at UW and a very important series. We must rebound from what happened against Stanford last weekend. Every win counts.
Thanks for reading this, I look forward to talking to you guys again soon!
Tim Lincecum's draft diary appears as told to Jonathan Mayo, a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.