Park Ridge, Ill. – Thirty Big Ten players were selected in this week’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, marking the conference's highest number of draftees since 2009. Purdue catcher Kevin Plawecki, the Big Ten’s Player of the Year and the Big Ten Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, was the first conference selection, going 35th overall to the New York Mets in the Compensation A Round.
Ten conference teams had at least one player drafted, led by Purdue’s seven selections, which marks the Big Ten’s highest single-team total since Indiana in 2009. Nebraska had five players drafted, while Illinois and Michigan State each had four taken, Penn State had three, Indiana and Iowa had two, and Minnesota, Northwestern and Ohio State each had one draftee.
The entire list of drafted Big Ten players can be found below.