Illinois MLB Draft Recap

By Sean Duncan
Executive Director

As expected, it was a down year for Illinois high school players in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, though Illinois on a whole saw 43 players selected over the course of the three days.

The highlight of Illinois’ draft came from 2010 PBR first-team All-State selection Eric Jagielo, who was drafted in the first round by the Yankees, No. 26 overall. Jagielo, a power-hitting corner infielder from Downers Grove North HS, went on to have a decorated career at Notre Dame.

It took 24 rounds before the first Illinois prep prospect was selected, when Moline RHP Matt Brill was taken by the Mets with the 716 pick. Ottawa OF Michael Hermosillo was the next high school player taken, in the 28th round (847 overall), by the Angels.

Other draft highlights include:

+ Simeon HS had three players drafted: OF Corey Ray (33rd round, 987 overall, Mariners), SS Marshawn Taylor (35th round, 1047 overall, Mariners) and 2B Ronell Coleman (40th round, 1203 overall, White Sox).

+ Former Homewood-Flossmoor ace left-hander Daniel Lietz was selected in the fifth round by the Blue Jays. Lietz was a standout at Heartland CC for the last two years.

+ Former Lincoln Community standout Ryan Aper was taken in the sixth round by the Marlins. Aper emerged at Lincoln Land College and is committed to Middle Tennessee State.

+ Both the Parr twins were drafted out of the University of Illinois. Left-handed hitting OF Justin Parr was drafted in the eighth round by the Phillies; 3B Jordan Parr was selected in the 15th round by the Diamondbacks. Older brother Josh Parr was previously drafted out of Illinois. All three Parr brothers played at Illinois Valley Central HS, along with RHP Chris Razo, who was drafted in the 24th round out of Illinois State.

+ Speaking of the University of Illinois, four Illini were popped in the draft: SS Thomas Lindauer (23rd Round; Moline HS) and RHP Kevin Johnson (24th Round; Mount Carmel HS), and the Parr twins.

+ Two St. Rita outfielders were drafted – one former, one current. Mark Payton, now at the University of Texas, was taken in the 16th round by the Indians; and Anthony Ray was selected in the 36th round by the Cardinals.

+ Two former Fremd HS standouts were drafted: OF Mike Tauchman (10th round; Bradley) and LHP Clint Terry (18th round, Lee University).

+ 2010 PBR Player of the Year Shane Conlon, who’s helped lead Kansas State to the Super Regionals, was drafted in the 21st round. In high school, Conlon led Naperville Central to the state championship as a senior.

Below is a list of Illinois players selected in the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft:

Round Pick Name Pos Team College / (high school)
1 26 Eric Jagielo 3B/1B Yankees Notre Dame (Downers Grove North)
5 145 Daniel Lietz LHP Blue Jays Heartland CC (Homewood-Flossmoor)
6 172 Ryan Aper OF Marlins Lincoln Land CC (Lincoln Community)
6 174 Luke Farrell RHP Royals Northwestern
7 220 Nick Gardewine RHP Rangers Kaskaskia CC (Effingham)
8 241 Justin Parr OF Phillies Illinois (Illinois Valley Central)
9 282 DJ Snelten LHP Giants Minnesota (Lakes)
10 289 Mike Tauchman OF Rockies Bradley (Fremd)
11 336 Chad Green RHP Tigers Louisville (Effingham)
12 370 Derek Thompson LHP Rangers John A Logan (Teutopolis)
15 450 Jordan Parr 3B Diamondbacks Illinois (Illinois Valley Central)
15 457 Chad Hinshaw OF Angels  Illinois State (Normal Community)
16 471 Mark Payton OF Indians Texas (St. Rita)
18 542 Clint Terry LHP Brewers Lee (Fremd)
19 559 Scott Firth RHP Rockies Clemsen (Stevenson)
19 567 Jeffrey Zimmerman 1B Mariners Northern Illinois (Andrew)
19 579 Dylan Rheault RHP Orioles Central Michigan (Glenbard South)
20 607 Brian Loconsole RHP Angels  Western Illinois (Glenbard North)
20 612 Brett Kay SS Giants Illinois State (St. Viator)
21 624 Shane Conlon 1B Royals Kansas State (Naperville Central)
22 651 Ben Heller RHP Indians Olivet Nazarene (Whitewater)
23 677 Thomas Lindauer SS Astros Illinois (Moline)
23 706 Garrett Gordon OF Nationals Wabash Valley 
24 716 Matt Brill RHP Mets (Moline)
24 722 Chris Razo RHP Brewers Illinois State (Illinois Valley Central)
24 731 Kevin Johnson RHP Athletics Illinois (Mount Carmel)
25 751 Cody Forsythe LHP Phillies Southern Illinois Carbondale 
26 781 Christopher Burgess RHP Phillies Oklahoma Christian (St. Charles East)
27 813 Devin Moore RHP White Sox Indiana State (Pleasant Plains)
28 845 Justin Ringo 1B Cardinals Stanford (Stagg)
28 847 Miguel Hermosillo OF Angels  (Ottawa)
29 882 Ryan Tuntland 3B Giants West Virginia (Maine West)
29 884 Charlie White OF Yankees Maryland (Naperville North)
31 926 Ben Hecht RHP Mets (St. Anthony)
31 936 Brett Huber RHP Tigers Mississippi (Althoff Catholic)
32 947 Zach Morton RHP Astros Northwestern (Evanston)
33 987 Corey Ray OF Mariners (Simeon)
34 1027 Eric Aguilera OF Angels  Illinois State (Cary-Grove)
35 1047 Marshawn Taylor SS Mariners (Simeon)
36 1070 Joseph Greenfield RHP Twins Eastern Illinois (Sandburg)
36 1085 Anthony Ray OF Cardinals (St. Rita)
40 1193 Ryan Lidge C Red Sox (Barrington)
40 1203 Ronell Coleman 2B White Sox (Simeon)

* List compiled by Dan Duran