Nineteen Big Ten Baseball Players Selected in MLB First-Year Player Draft
June 9, 2011
Nineteen Big Ten players were chosen in the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, which took place on June 6-8. Indiana outfielder Alex Dickerson was selected in the third round of the draft, taken 91st overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Eight conference teams had at least one player selected in the draft. Minnesota led all squads with six draftees, while Illinois had four players taken and Big Ten Champion Michigan State saw three players get chosen. In addition, future Big Ten member Nebraska had three players selected.
Twelve All-Big Ten selections were chosen in the draft, including six first-team honorees. Big Ten Player of the Year and Michigan State first baseman Jeff Holm was selected in the 12th round by the Detroit Tigers, while teammate and Pitcher of the Year Kurt Wunderlich was chosen in the 20th round by the Oakland A's. Four players were selected by their local team, as Michigan State's Brandon Eckerle and Holm were taken by the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota's AJ Pettersen and TJ Oakes were chosen by the Minnesota Twins.
The entire list of drafted Big Ten players can be found in the PDF at the top of the page.