On Friday afternoon, Fighting Illini catcher Jason Goldstein was selected in the ninth round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners. Goldstein played in 198 games during his Illinois career, finishing with a .289 batting average, 16 home runs, and 115 RBI; he was also the second catcher in program history to earn three All-Big Ten honors.
Goldstein was drafted in the 17th round of the 2015 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers, but he obviously elected to return to Illinois for his senior season. That seems to have been the right move since he was able to improve his draft status while obtaining a degree from the university.
So congratulations, Jason! The No. 267 overall pick has a slot value of $168,900, so you've got that to look forward to.
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The former three-star prospect is originally signed to play for Bill Cubit and his staff, so this isn't too big of a surprise. Peters seems to be a good player, but his style of play doesn't fit Garrick McGee's vision of the future offense.
"We've had a great reception with the first three camps we've put on," Smith said. "We expected more than 200 players in Dallas, and we got more than 500. We got a great reception.
"When you're new, you want to spread your message as much as anything. We can help young athletes get better in the summer, but it's also about spreading our brand, too."
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That seems pretty good on the surface, but Illinois' fan turnout was down from No. 15 the year before. Also, the nightly turnout at State Farm Center was the program's worst since 1978.
It's early for the class-of-2019, but the St. Joe's (Chicago) guard is already one of the best players in the state. Don't be shocked if Illinois extends a scholarship offer soon.