WPF Draft 23 | April 17, 2023
The USSSA Pride traveled to Oklahoma City on April 17th to participate in the WPF’s first ever, in-person draft where all four league teams chose from the pool of college seniors to join them in the pros.
Attendees included WPF Commissioner Lauren Chamberlain; current and former USSSA Pride players Alex Powers (on-site draft analyst), Shelby Pendley, Delaney Spaulding, and Hope Trautwein; host Chris Plank; ESPN analyst Jen Shroeder; plus additional league players, team executives and league partners. The event was open to Pride fans, fastpitch enthusiasts, and the general public.
Thousands of people watched live via the WPF YouTube channel.
The USSSA Pride ended the first round by drafting Megan Faraimo, UCLA’s dominant arm.
The Pride’s remaining selections included:
Round 2, 8th overall | Kayla Kowalik, University of Kentucky
Round 3, 12th overall | Brooke Yanez, UCLA
Round 4, 16th overall | Allee Bunker, University of Oregon
Round 5, 20th overall | Caroline Jacobsen, Clemson University
Round 6, 24th overall | Jordyn Rudd, Northwestern University
Find the full list of draftees at the WPF website.
Fans interested can still watch the recorded stream from the event on the WPF YouTube.
*Note: All drafted athletes are required to exhaust their college eligibility or finish their final season with their respective colleges, before signing a professional contract to play with one of the league’s four franchises.
About the USSSA
The USSSA is the #1 multi-sport association in the United States, with more than 35,000 sanctioned events and 4.5 million participants in 47 states. The Viera, Fla.-based company serves as the largest sanctioning body for sports including but not limited to slowpitch, baseball, fastpitch, basketball, and more. For more information, visit USSSA.com.
Women’s Professional Fastpitch (WPF) is the official professional softball league in the United States, founded by USA Softball, USSSA, and Smash It Sports. WPF showcases the best athletes in softball, provides a world-class experience for fans, and connects young fans to their idols. For more information, visit wprofastpitch.com.