Illinois pitcher Tyler Jay selected No. 6 overall by the Minnesota Twins

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Illinois pitcher Tyler Jay selected No. 6 overall by the Minnesota Twins

Less than an hour after his season ended with a 4-2 loss to Vanderbilt in a Super Regional matchup, Illinois pitcher Tyler Jay was selected No. 6 overall by the Minnesota Twins in the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft on Monday night.

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Jay becomes the highest draft pick in Fighting Illini history.

The lefty was named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year after finishing the year with 14 saves and a sub-1.00 ERA.

With Jay landing in the first round, the Big Ten has now had a first-round pick in three of the last four MLB drafts, including back-to-back top 10 picks.

Purdue’s Kevin Plawecki was selected in the opening round of the 2012 draft by the New York Mets, while Indiana’s Kyle Schwarber was picked No. 4 overall by the Chicago Cubs in the 2014 draft.

[ MORE: View all of the picks on MLB.com’s draft tracker ]

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