Yesterday it was Justin Parr being drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies, and today the Illini had their second player taken in the MLB Amateur Draft. And it so happens the Parr family had its second player drafted as well.
Jordan Parr was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 15th round, 450th overall.
"It is a great honor to be drafted," Jordan Parr said. "I am extremely thankful for the opportunity the Diamondbacks organization has given to me. I am really looking forward to playing third base in that system. It was always my dream to play at Illinois, so I want to thank coach Hartleb for giving me that chance out of junior college. It has been great to be a part of the Illini family, and I really appreciate what coach Snider and all the coaches have done to make me a better player."
Strangely enough, Jordan wasn't just the second Parr brother taken in this draft, but he's also the second Parr brother to be drafted by the Diamondbacks. Josh Parr was drafted by Arizona in the 12th round of the 2011 draft, and he's still a member of the organization.
So it's possible that Jordan Parr could soon be on the same team as his brother again.
Jordan Parr hit .305 with 9 home runs and 38 RBI for the Illini in 2012. He still has one year of eligibility remaining, so there's a chance he could return to Champaign next season. Jordan was drafted by the Dodgers in the 26th round last season and returned. Though the way Parr said "it has been great" to be at Illinois makes me think he's leaning toward signing with the Diamondbacks.
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