Illinois in MLB Draft: Jay Signs 7-Figure Deal, Goldstein Announces Return to Illinois

By Matt Loveless

CHAMPAIGN -- At least one piece of Illinois baseball's record-breaking 2015 campaign is returning.

Jason Goldstein, one of a record nine Illini taken in the MLB Draft, is coming back for his senior season, the school announced Wednesday.

Goldstein hit .286 with 8 homeruns and 47 RBIs as a junior, starting 57 games for the Illini at catcher.

He was one of six non-seniors picked in the draft, who all have the option to return to school.

The decision was easier for a couple of underclassmen. Wednesday afternoon, LHP Tyler Jay - the 6th overall pick in the draft - signed with the Minnesota Twins. Jay passed a physical for the Twins Wednsday, and according to's Jim Callis, Jay will get the full slot bonus of $3,889,500

LHP Kevin Duchene signed a deal with the Oakland Athletics, earning a $300,000 signing bonus in the process.  Duchene was picked in the 5th round by Oakland.

All three of the seniors picked in the draft have signed on with their teams -- David Kerian (9th round to Washington) , Rob McDonnell (25th round to the Dodgers), and Drasen Johnson (26th round to the Rockies).

That leaves three undecided: Sophomore SS Adam Walton, junior RHP Nick Blackburn, and LF Ryan Nagle.

A source within the Illinois baseball program told WAND TV all three are expected to return, but haven't given official notice.  The deadline to decide is July 15.


C  Jason Goldstein


LHP  Tyler Jay (MIN)
LHP  Kevin Duchene (OAK)
1B  David Kerian (WAS)
RHP  Rob McDonnell (LAD)
RHP  Drasen Johnson (COL)


SS  Adam Walton
RHP  Nick Blackburn
LF  Ryan Nagle

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