Junior Matt Milroy was drafted by the Miami Marlins in the 11th round of Tuesday's MLB Draft.
June 5, 2012
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois junior right-handed pitcher Matt Milroy (Batavia, Ill./Marmion Academy) became the highest-drafted Illini hurler since 2001 when he was selected by the Miami Marlins in the 11th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday. He also became the second Illini pitcher selected in the draft's first 20 rounds in the last two years, joining Corey Kimes, who was picked in the 18th round by the Minnesota Twins in 2011.
"It feels great," Milroy said of being drafted. "It's something that I've been working toward for three years at Illinois. I want to thank all my coaches; everybody who helped me along the way. I needed to grow up mentally and harness the talent that I knew I had, but the (Illinois) coaches always stuck with me and helped me get where I am. I think I matured more into a leader and my mental game really got a lot better this year. That helped my physical side get even better."
Milroy was the 347th overall pick in the draft, becoming Illinois' highest-drafted pitcher since Matt Vorwald was taken in the seventh round of the 2001 MLB Draft. Milroy went 2-6 with a 3.88 ERA, second-best on the team, in 53 1/3 innings primarily out of the bullpen in 2012. He struck out a team-best 65 hitters, giving him a 10.98 strikeout-per-nine-innings rate that ranked ninth in the nation. Milroy also led the Big Ten in opposing batting average with a .207 mark and ranked ninth in strikeouts. He allowed right-handed hitters to hit only .191 on the year and limited opponents to a .185 average with runners on base and .179 with two outs. It is the second time that Milroy has been drafted in his career, as the Boston Red Sox picked him in the 35th round of the 2009 MLB Draft.
The MLB Draft wraps up with rounds 16-40 on Wednesday, starting at 11 a.m. CT.