Brent Yarina, Senior Editor, June 11, 2015

The 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft was a wild success for the Big Ten.

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Not only were 53 players selected – 10 more than the conference had in the previous two drafts combined – but Illinois, Maryland and Michigan State all had a school-record number of student-athletes picked in the three-day event.

Want more? Iowa tied its record (5) and Indiana (6), which has made three consecutive NCAA tournaments, was one pick away from tying its record, set in 2009.

Get more facts about Illinois, Maryland and Michigan State's record days below:


  • The Big Ten regular-season champ and Champaign Regional winner led the Big Ten with a program-record nine selections, three more than its previous best (6 in 1985).
  • Illinois' nine picks tied for the third-most in the nation, behind Oklahoma (11) and University of California Santa Barbara (10). The other school with nine selections were Arizona State, Florida and Vanderbilt.
  • Closer Tyler Jay highlighted the Big Ten's 53 selections, going No. 6 to the Minnesota Twins. Jay's selection gives the Big Ten back-to-back top 10 picks and one first-round pick in three of the last four drafts.

See all of Illinois' picks at



  • The Los Angeles Regional champ had four players drafted in rounds 3-10 on Tuesday and four more in rounds 11-40 on Wednesday.
  • Maryland had the Big Ten's second and third players taken off the board, in star second baseman Brandon Lowe (Round 3, Tampa Bay Rays) and talented southpaw Alex Robinson (Round 5, Minnesota Twins).

See all of Maryland's picks at



  • Michigan State's eight selections blew away the team's previous record of five in 2002.
  • Cam Gibson, the son of former Michigan State two-sport star and longtime MLB player Kirk Gibson, was the fifth Big Ten player selected, going to the Detroit Tigers, his father's original team.

See all of Michigan State's picks at