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Illinois well-represented in MLB draft

6/8/2011

Fresh off its NCAA tournament appearance, Illinois had three current players and one recruit selected in the MLB draft on Tuesday.

Illinois junior catcher Adam Davis was taken by the Baltimore Orioles in the 11th round, 335th overall. He hit .295 with 14 doubles, five home runs and 33 RBIs this season. He threw out 18 of 34 runners attempting to steal.

Illinois junior shortstop Josh Parr was picked by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 12th round, 364th overall. Parr hit. 302 with 11 doubles, five triples, two home runs, 36 RBIs, 33 runs and 17 stolen bases. He had a fielding percentage of .964.

Illinois junior pitcher Corey Kimes was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 18th round, 568th overall. Kimes, a left-handed starter, was 4-4 with a 5.15 ERA, walked 39 and struck out 57 in 85.2 innings.

Illini recruit Charlie Tilson, a New Trier senior centerfielder, was also selected in the second round, 79th overall by the St. Louis Cardinals. It’s unknown yet whether Tilson will sign with the Cardinals and play at Illinois next season.

Other players from the state drafted were Waterloo HS outfielder Garrett Schlect (Cubs, 279th overall), Lincoln Trail College pitcher Justin Hancock (Padres, 293), Illinois State third baseman Ryan Court (Diamondbacks, 694), Western Illinois pitcher Garrett Bolt (704, Dodgers), Eastern Illinois outfielder Zach Borenstein (Angels, 705), Illinois State pitcher Corey Maines (Yankees, 719), Southern Illinois-Edwardsville pitcher Spencer Patton (Royals, 726) Downers Grove South HS pitcher Nick Burdi (Twins, 748), Rock Falls HS pitcher Jake Junis (Royals, 876), Teutopolis HS pitcher Derek Thompson (Twins, 898) and Black Hawk College pitcher Chris Burgess (Devil Rays, 930).

Rice pitcher Tony Cingrani, a Lincoln-Way Central HS product, was drafted 114th overall by the Reds, and Louisville pitcher Tony Zych, a St. Rita HS product, was taken 129th overall by the Cubs.