Illinois pitcher Tyler Jay selected No. 6 overall by the Minnesota Twins
Lots of strong emotions after a loss like that, but I am truly blessed to continue my baseball career as a Minnesota Twin!! @Twins—
Tyler Jay (@TyJay_11) June 09, 2015
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.
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.
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