2013 Illinois Baseball by the numbers

Brandon Hohl and Davis Hendrickson:  Two of only five Illinois seniors Only a month and a half from now, the Illinois baseball team will begin their new season against Tennessee Tech.  No time like the present to start to get to know our players of 2013.  Before I get into any deep analysis, I thought […]

Plenty of post-season action for former Illini

It looks like the Illini are representin’ in minor league playoff action in 2011. Joe Bonadonna (left, with the Illini) and the Greensboro Grasshoppers (Marlins Single-A) are seeing playoff action for the first time in 12 years.  They did in style too.  They won 13 of their last 15 games to win their South Atlantic […]

Illinois hosts Iowa for Big Ten home opener

Josh Parr and Co will attempt to win their first Big Ten series this weekend This weekend, the Illini will be hosting their first Big Ten series.  They’ll be hosting the 11-15 Iowa Hawkeyes.  Weather permitting, that is.  I doubt the Illinois weather will prevent any action on Friday but the outlook on Saturday looks […]

Bonadonna in ESPN commercial

I saw the “It’s not crazy, it’s sports” advertisement on ESPN the other day but I didn’t pick out the baserunner as Joe Bonadonna, the former Illini speedster who now spends his time with the Texas Ranger organization. Great, not only is he a pro baseball player but now he has celebrity status.  He’s going […]

Illinois clawed by WCU Catamounts 4-2

Today in Greenville, North Carolina, the Illini dropped their second game of the Keith LeClair Classic to the Western Carolina Catamounts by the score of 4-2.  This brings Illinois’ record to 1-4 for the season and itchin’ for a win. Box Score In the 2nd inning, Western Carolina accomplished something you don’t see everyday…  a […]

Bonadonna, Robinson impressing in the minors

Got a call from Illini baseball fan Sue who I haven’t seen since the last home series.  We chatted a bit on some of the summer goings-on of the Illini.  She clued me into some big news about Joe Bonadonna Bonadonna (left), who was grabbed by the Rangers in the 43rd round has been doing […]

Zerrusen stingy with runs in first half of summer ball

Major kudos to Lee Zerrusen on his performance in the first half of the season in the Coastal Plain League.  Pitching for the Fayetteville Swampdogs, Lee has a miniscule 0.98 ERA in 13 appearances with 7 saves.  He has 21 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings.  To those watching during the 2009 Illini season, it seemed […]

Catching up with Illini draftees

By now, the minor league season has started for the Illinois players who were drafted earlier this month.  Let’s take a look at how they are doing in their new minor league settings. Well, Brandon Wikoff is off to a hot start for the Tri-City ValleyCats in New York State.  After last night’s two-hit performance, […]

Illini players signed and headed to the minors

  Bonadonna:  Bound for Rookie League As of today, four Illinois draftees have signed pro contracts with their respective teams.  Big Ten Network has the info. Brandon Wikoff has signed with the Astros and will report to single-A Tri-City Valley Cats in the New York-Penn League.  He’ll start June 23.  As mentioned before, Dominic Altobelli […]

Speedster Joe Bonadonna grabbed by Texas Rangers in 43rd round

Illinois fans can celebrate again today as Illini centerfielder Joe Bonadonna was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 43rd round.  This makes three current Illinois players drafted, the most since 2005.  Yesterday, Brandon Wikoff was chosen in the fifth round and Dominic Altobelli was picked in the 16th round. Bonadonna is a speedster and […]