Pair of Illini Begin Professional Careers
Argo, Jordan Parr, Kevin Johnson Selected; Signee Castellanos Drafted
Argo Earns Third Career All-Conference Honor
Illinois Loses Game, Tiebreaker for Big Ten Tournament
Photos from Illinois' Honor and Serve Day and 8-6 win over Michigan State.
Photos from the Illini game vs. Ohio State at Illinois Field on April 22, 2012. (Photos by Mark Jones)
Photos from the third-annual Bleacher Bum Barbecue
Photos from Illinois' first day of practice as the Illini prepare for the 2011 season.
April 7, 2010
2012 - Senior: Selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 22nd round of the MLB Draft and signed a professional contract ... Named to the All-Big Ten first team ... Started all 53 games at center field, serving as Illinois' No. 2 hitter in 48 games and starting five games in the No. 5 spot ... Holds Illinois records for career steals (98), single-season steals (41) and career Big Ten steals (38) ... Ranked fifth in Big Ten history in career steals (98) ... Tied for 5th in Illinois history in career triples (13) & 5th in career runs (187) ... Tied for first in Illinois history in career Big Ten triples (8), third in runs (85), sixth in total bases (172), eighth in RBIs (70) & ninth in hits (111) ... Successful on 12 of his last 14 steal attempts ... Ranked 3rd in the Big Ten in steals (22), 6th in OBP (.430), 7th in walks (34), 8th in runs (47) & 10th in triples (3) ... Shared the team lead in multiple-hit games (20) with Jordan Parr ... Finished his career on a tear, raising his batting average 16 points in nine games by going 13-for-33 (.394) in that span ... Went 7-for-16 at the YMBL Cardinal Classic ... Had a nine-game hit streak from Feb. 18-March 9 ... Went 4-for-10 with five runs in the Nebraska series ... Went 6-for-12 with two triples, two RBIs and four runs in the Mississippi Valley State series ... Went 5-for-13 with two RBIs and four runs in the Indiana series ... Went 5-for-13 with four RBIs and two runs in the Ohio State series ... Had three two-hit games in the Michigan State series, going 6-for-11 with a home run, two doubles, four RBIs and two runs ... Went 4-for-11 with two doubles, an RBI and five runs in the Minnesota series ... Academic All-Big Ten selection.
2011 - Junior: Selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 43rd round of the Major League Baseball Draft ... Started all 57 games of the season in center field ... Named to All-Big Ten third team ... Named to the All-Big Ten Tournament team ... Served as Illinois' lead-off hitter in 20 games and as No. 7 hitter in 26 games ... Illinois was 17-9 when he hit in the No. 7 hole ... Posted 15 multiple-hit games ... Finished the season with a .270 average and a .377 slugging percentage ... Reached base in 16 of the last 17 games ... Went 5-for-12 with an RBI and three runs in the Florida Gulf Coast series ... Named Big Ten Player of the Week on April 25 after hitting .444 with a 1.222 slugging percentage, two homers, one double and seven RBIs in the Michigan State series ... Put together an eight-game hitting streak from May 8-26, going 13-for-29 (.448) ... Hit a team-high .370 with runners in scoring position ... Currently second on Illinois' career steals record list with 76 ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree ... Played for the Madison Mallards of the Northwoods League along with Illini teammates Justin Parr and Matt Milroy during the summer.
2010 - Sophomore: Played in all 52 games, starting 51, despite a wrist injury that required postseason surgery ... All 51 starts came in center field and he started 45 games as Illinois' lead-off hitter ... Broke the school record with 41 steals in 45 attempts, leading the Big Ten and ranking fifth in the nation ... His five triples were tied for second in the Big Ten ... Tied for the team lead with 20 multiple-hit games and ranked fourth with seven multiple-RBI games ... Ranked second on the team in average (.318), hits (63), RBIs (33), slugging percentage (.495) and on-base percentage (.421) ... Tied the Illinois record for being the fastest to 100 career hits, equaling Andy Schutzenhofer's 269 at bats ... Stole 17 consecutive bases without being caught to start the season ... Had five consecutive multiple-hit games from March 12-19 ... Reached base at a .464 rate when leading off an inning ... Was named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week on March 29 after hitting .636 with a 1.182 slugging percentage and three steals ... Went 7-for-12 at the Caravelle Resort Classic with three RBIs and three steals ... Went 7-for-15 in the Penn State series with two RBIs, two runs and three steals ... Stole 7-of-7 bases against EIU and SIU on April 13-14 ... Posted nine multiple-steal games ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree ... Played for the Waterloo Bucks of the Northwoods League during the summer alongside Illini teammates Bill Barrett and Will Strack.
2009 - Freshman: Named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American as selected by Collegiate Baseball ... Named to the All-Big Ten third team and the Big Ten All-Freshman team ... Started the final 47 games of the season ... Started 35 at designated hitter, six in right field, five in left field and one in center field ... Hit a team-high 12 home runs, which ranked second on Illinois' freshman home runs record list ... Ranked fourth on the team in average, first in slugging percentage, fourth in on-base percentage, third in runs, doubles, total bases and stolen bases ... Became what is believed to be the second player in college baseball to hit three home runs in his college debut when hit hit three dingers at No. 1 LSU on March 7 ... Featured in Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd in the March 23 issue for his achievement at No. 1 LSU on March 7 ... Went 3-for-3 with three homers, five RBIs, four runs and a walk in that game ... Hit 7-for-12 with a homer, two doubles, six RBIs and five runs in the Akron series (March 13-15) ... Dominated the Penn State series, earning Big Ten Player of the Week honors after hitting .667 (8-for-12) with three homers, eight RBIs, six runs and a 1.667 slugging percentage from April 24-26 ... Homered twice in the Northwestern series ... Had a career-best 11-game hitting streak from April 22-May 6 ... Went 5-for-9 with two doubles, five RBIs, three runs and three walks in the Purdue series (May 14-16), reaching base in his first 10 plate appearances of the series ... Played for the Waterloo Bucks of the Northwoods League during the summer alongside Illini teammates Mike Giller and Corey Kimes.HIGH SCHOOL