Bonadonna, Milroy Picked on Final Day of MLB Draft
June 11, 2009
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois senior center fielder Joe Bonadonna (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 43rd round with the 1,294th overall pick and Fighting Illini signee right-handed pitcher/outfielder Matt Milroy (Batavia, Ill.) was picked by the Boston Red Sox in the 35th round with the 1,068th overall selection on the final day of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Bonadonna's selection marks the third current Illini player to be drafted, the most since five Illinois players were selected in the 2005 draft.
Bonadonna hit .303 for his career, including a career-best junior year in which he hit .356 with 34 RBIs, 47 runs and 26-of-32 stolen bases. In 2009, he hit .252 with 31 RBIs, 44 runs and 19-of-30 steals. He made only three errors while playing center field with spot duty at second and third base in his senior season. He played in 195 games in his four-year career with 172 starts. He ranks fourth in school history with 60 stolen bases and his 29 steals in Big Ten play rank third at Illinois. He also ranks eighth with a .354 average and eighth with 111 hits in Big Ten games.
Milroy was listed as the No. 1 two-way player in the state and the No. 8 recruit in the state of Illinois' Class of 2009 by Prep Baseball Report. PBR also listed him as having the fourth-best fastball in the state, as the No. 7 defensive outfielder and the ninth-best athlete in the state in the class of 2009. He recently was named the Player of the Year by the Aurora Beacon News and the Tri-Cities Baseball Captain by the Arlington Heights Daily Herald. Milroy was 7-2 with a 1.76 ERA and 101 strikeouts in 51 2/3 innings in 2009, averaging 13.7 strikeouts per game. He also hit .466 with eight doubles, seven triples, four home runs, 35 RBIs and a .556 on-base percentage in his senior season.\