Former Cy Woods baseball standouts selected in the 2023 MLB Draft
Cypress Woods High School 2023 graduate Ethan Farris was among two former CFISD baseball standouts selected in the 2023 Major League Baseball First-Year Player draft. Farris, who helped lead the Wildcats to the UIL Baseball State Tournament for the first time in program history, was selected in the 18th round by the Detroit Tigers. Farris, who signed with Texas State University in November, tied for the Class 6A lead in 2023 with 10 home runs and 47 runs batted in.
July 18, 2023—Cypress Woods High School 2019 graduate Justin Wishkoski and 2023 graduate Ethan Farris were both selected during the third day of the 2023 Major League Baseball First-Year Player draft.
Wishkoski was selected in the 16th round by the San Francisco Giants. The Sam Houston State third baseman was the 480th overall selection in the draft and among 20 picks made by the Giants.
Farris was selected in the 18th round by the Detroit Tigers. Also a standout third baseman, Farris was the 530th overall selection and among nine 2023 high school graduates in Detroit’s 20-member draft class.
Wishkoski attended Howard College for the 2021 season, helping lead the Hawks to the Western Junior College Athletic Conference championship and earning all-conference honors. He transferred to Sam Houston State, earning all-Western Athletic Conference honors in 2022 at first base.
Former Cypress Woods High School baseball standout Justin Wishkoski was selected in the 16th round by the San Francisco Giants in the 2023 Major League Baseball First-Year Player draft. Wishkoski earned all-conference honors during his three college seasons, first at Howard College and then in consecutive years at Sam Houston State. As a junior, he hit .322 with 64 runs scored and 11 home runs. (Photo courtesy Sam Houston State University)
As a junior third baseman in 2023, Wishkoski hit .332 with 64 runs scored, 11 home runs, 54 runs batted in and a team-high 16 stolen bases. He earned a second consecutive all-conference accolade.
Farris helped lead Cypress Woods to the UIL Baseball State Tournament for the first time in program history, a No. 1 state ranking to end the regular season and two national top-10 rankings.
He was voted unanimously as the District 16-6A Most Valuable Player, was named the Houston Chronicle’s All-Greater Houston Hitter of the Year and made the first-ever Texas High School Coaches Association Class 6A Baseball Super Elite Team as the Slugger of the Year. Farris, who signed with Texas State University in November, hit .477 with 11 doubles, 10 home runs, 47 runs batted in and 42 runs scored.
The two former Wildcats are the most recent CFISD baseball draft picks, as former Cypress Ranch High School teammates and 2018 graduates Colton Cowser and Ty Madden were selected among the first 32 picks in the 2021 MLB draft.
Two years prior, former Mustangs J.J. Goss and Matthew Thompson were selected 36th and 45th, respectively, coming out of high school. Also selected in the 2019 draft were former Cypress Ranch catcher Jared Alvarez-Lopez and former Cy-Fair standout pitcher Hayden Wesneski.