Updated Numbers from 2015 Illinois Baseball Players in the MinorsPosted:
An unprecedented college season sparked a busy summer for a number of former Illinois baseball players.
Following a season in which the team set a new record for wins (50), and won their first ever regional championship, six Illini are now making their way in minor league organizations across the country.
A record nine Illini from the 2015 squad were taken in May's amateur draft. A tenth, senior pitcher John Kravetz, signed with the Toronto Blue Jays organization in June.
Tyler Jay, the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year who has a 1.08 ERA in his final season with Illinois, has struggled a bit out of the gates for the Fort Myers Miracle (Twins Single-A). In 6 relief appearances, Jay has a 6.35 ERA in 5.2 innings, with eight strikeouts.
Sample sizes remains small, as many are playing in their first weeks of Single-A ball.
Illinois' lone position player who signed this offseason, David Kerian, has produced in 18 games with the Auburn Doubledays, the Washington Nationals short-season A team.
In 72 at bats, Kerian is hitting .264 with a team-leading 13 RBIs.
2015 Illini Draftees in the minors (stats as of July 15, 2015)
LHP Tyler Jay (Fort Myers Miracle) - 0-0 (6 games), 6.35 ERA, 8Ks
LHP Kevin Duchene (AZL Athletics/Vermont Lake Monsters) - 0-1, (4 games, 3 starts), 1.00 ERA, 5Ks
RHP John Kravetz (Bluefield Blue Jays) - 2-1 (5 games), 0.79 ERA, 10 Ks
RHP Drasen Johnson (Boise Hawks) - 0-2 (5 games), 5.06 ERA, 10 Ks
RHP Rob McDonnell (Ogden Raptors) - 1-1 (7 games), 6.35 ERA, 15 Ks
1B David Kerian (Auburn Doubledays) - 18 G, .264 BA, 0 HR, 13 RBI