June 10, 2010
Major League Baseball teams selected 26 Big Ten baseball players in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, held June 7-9. Highlighting the field, Ohio State’s Alex Wimmers went in the first round to the Minnesota Twins, while Minnesota’s Michael Kvasnicka was drafted by the Houston Astros in the supplemental first round.
Wimmers went with the 21st overall selection, becoming the Big Ten’s second first-rounder in as many seasons and the conference’s highest selection since former Buckeye Nick Swisher went 16th overall in 2002. In May, Wimmers became the only pitcher in Big Ten History to earn conference Pitcher of the Year accolades in back-to-back seasons.
Joining Wimmers on Day 1 of the draft, Kvasnicka was taken with the first pick in the supplemental first round as the 33rd overall pick. An outfielder for most of the season, but drafted as a third-baseman, Kvasnicka is the highest Golden Gopher draft pick since Glenn Perkins was taken 22nd overall in the 2004 draft.
Nine Big Ten teams had at least two players taken in the draft, while Minnesota led all conference schools with four selections.
Sixteen 2010 All-Big Ten selections were taken in the draft, including seven first-team All-Conference honorees. Among the group, Michigan’s Ryan LaMarre was taken in the second round by the Cincinnati Reds, Penn State’s Ben Heath was selected in the fifth round by the Houston Astros, and Michigan State’s Jonathan Roof was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the eighth round.
Eleven Big Ten players were taken in the drafts’ first 10 rounds, marking the conference’s highest total in at least the past decade. Minnesota’s Seth Rosin (San Francisco) and Kyle Knudson (Minnesota) were taken in the fourth and ninth rounds, respectively, Michigan’s Matt Miller (Milwaukee), Alan Oaks (Florida) and Tyler Burgoon (Seattle) were selected in the fifth, eighth and 10th rounds, respectively, and Ohio State’s Dan Burkhart (San Francisco) was grabbed in the 10th round.
The complete list of 2010 Big Ten draftees can be found through the link at the top of the page.