Duchene, Kerian Selected on Day Two of MLB Draft

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - On the second day of the 2015 MLB Draft, junior starting pitcher Kevin Duchene was picked in the fifth round by the Oakland Athletics (No. 158 overall). Duchene is the 14th-highest Illinois baseball player taken in the MLB First-Year Player Draft and the second Illini drafted this year, joining fellow junior Tyler Jay (No. 6 overall - Minnesota Twins).

Duchene was a Louisville Slugger second-team All-American and first-team All-Big Ten starting pitcher in 2015. The Joliet, Illinois, native ranked second in the Big Ten with an 11-2 record and third in ERA (1.75), strikeouts (88) and innings pitched (102.2) this season.

Duchene made an immediate impact at Illinois, being named a Freshman All-American and Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2013. He earned ABCA/Rawlings second-team All-Mideast Region and All-Big Ten honors after going 9-1 with a 2.79 ERA in his debut season. His nine wins set the school record for most wins by a freshman.

For his career, Duchene ranks second in Illinois history with a 2.11 ERA and tied for seventh with 24 wins. His 24-4 (.857) overall record is tied with Tanner Roark (12-2, .857) for the sixth-best winning percentage in the UI record book. The two-time All-Big Ten selection was a perfect 11-0 in conference games with a 1.64 ERA, which is No. 1 in program history.

Duchene is the sixth Illini to be drafted by the Athletics, joining Scott Spiezio (1993), Aaron Nieckula (1998), current pitching coach Drew Dickinson (2002), Jimmy Conroy (2004) and Kevin Johnson (2013), who is currently with Class A Beloit Snappers.

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