Two Illini Taken On First Day Of Major League Baseball Draft
June 5, 2000
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois baseball team saw two of its best taken on the first day of the 2000 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Junior shortstop Chris Basak (Joliet, Ill./Minooka) went in the sixth round to the New York Mets, while teammate and fellow junior Jason Anderson (Danville, Ill./Danville) went in the 10th round to the New York Yankees.
Basak, the second-team All-Big Ten shortstop, hit .329 out of the leadoff slot for the Illini. He led the team in runs (57) and stolen bases (22) while ranking among the Illinois single season top ten in hits (83) and stolen bases (22). His 22 stolen bases make him the first Illini since 1990 to steal more than 20 bases in a single season.
Anderson, the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year, has already received second-team All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball, Most Outstanding Player honors at the Big Ten Tournament and NCAA Clemson Regional All-Tournament team honors this year. He is 29-5 in his three-year career at Illinois, including 14-3 this year with a 3.15 ERA. Anderson set Illinois single season school records for wins (14) and innings pitched (134.1) while leading Illinois to its fifth-consecutive postseason berth. He is 5-0 in his career in the postseason and won three games in the postseason this season, including the championship game of the Big Ten Tournament.
The Major League Baseball First-Year Player draft completed its first 20 rounds today. Rounds 21-50 will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday.