Illini lose Milroy to Marlins
Illinois pitcher Matt Milroy, an 11th-round draft pick of the Miami Marlins, has signed a minor league contract with the National League team. Jim Callis of Baseball America reported that the right-hander received a $100,000 signing bonus.
Milroy was assigned to the Jamestown (N.Y.) Jammers of the short-season Class A New York-Penn League.
Milroy is one of three Illini players with remaining college eligibility who were selected in the MLB amateur draft earlier this month. The others, pitcher Kevin Johnson and first baseman Jordan Parr, currently are playing for the Rochester (Minn.) Honkers of the Northwoods league.
Parr was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 26th round, while Johnson was taken by the New York Yankees in the 31st round.
Milroy went 2-6 with a 3.88 ERA, second-lowest on the team, this season. The Batavia native struck out a team-high 65 batters in 53 1/3 innings for a 10.98 strikeout-per-nine-innings rate that ranked ninth in the nation.
Milroy also led the Big Ten in opposing batting average (.207) and ranked ninth in strikeouts.