Major League Baseball Selects 13 Big Ten Players in Annual Draft
June 8, 2006
PARK RIDGE, Ill. - Thirteen Big Ten student-athletes have been given the opportunity to play professional baseball after being selected in the annual Major League Baseball Draft from June 6-7.
Ohio State's Ronnie Bourquin, the 2006 Big Ten Player of the Year, was the first conference standout drafted as he went to the Detroit Tigers in the second round with the 50th overall pick. The next two Big Ten selections were Northwestern pitchers, as George Kontos was drafted in the fifth round by the New York Yankees, while the league's Pitcher of the Year Dan Brauer was selected in the sixth round by Philadelphia. Also taken in the sixth round was Purdue's Mitch Hilligoss, as he was acquired by the Yankees.
Purdue led the way with four overall selections over the two-day event, followed by Ohio State with three picks and both Michigan State and Northwestern with two draftees each.
Overall, nine members of the 2006 All-Big Ten Baseball team were drafted this week, including first-team honorees Bourquin, Brauer, Hilligoss, Michigan State's Ryan Basham (29th round) and Michigan's Paul Hammond (35th). The entire list of Major League Baseball draftees from the Big Ten follows: