Hudson moving on to coach in the minors

So far, 2017 has been good for former Illini baseball players.  In January, Shawn Roof has been given his own minor league team to manage.  Today, it was announced that former Illini player and current volunteer coach Kyle Hudson has been hired by the Lynchburg Hillcats as a bench coach.  Hudson, a former teammate of […]

Former Illini Roof taking charge of Class A Hillsboro Hops

One of my all-time favorite Illini athletes is on the road to beginning to make the big time.  Early last month, it was announced that former Illinois shortstop Shawn Roof will be head coach of the Hillsboro Hops, the Class A Short Season affiliate of the Diamondbacks this year.  Roof will take the reins with […]

Summertime fun for current and recent Illini

So Cody Sedlock is making his way into the Oriole minor league system now.  As their first round pick, he’s getting the royal treatment.  By now though. he is settling in as one of the guys at the Orioles’ Class A Short season Affiliate in Aberdeen.  Cody is now officially an Ironbird (the Ironbirds are […]

From the Hoosiers to Kane County: former Illini Shawn Roof takes a new position

Shawn Roof with the Illini circa April 2007 Big news for former Illini shortstop Shawn Roof!  After one season as a hitting coach with the Indiana Hoosiers, Shawn has been signed as a coach for the Kane County Cougars!  The Cougars are the class-A affiliate for the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Infielder Shawn Roof needs no introduction […]

How have our Illini players done this summer? Part 2

A couple days we saw how a few of our former Illini are doing this summer in the minor leagues.  Today, it’s time to take a look at the Illinois Draftee Class of 2015 and see how they are faring in their first year in the pros.    Tyler Jay Drafted 2015 Current organization: Minnesota […]

How have our Illini players done this summer? Part 1

Well, it’s almost September already.  Summer leagues have wrapped up their seasons, minor leagues are almost done and believe it or not the Cubs haven’t given up the NL Central in the MLB.  Over the next week or so, I thought I’d take a look at how some of the former and current Illini have […]

Kravetz takes Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honors

With the three game sweep of the Wildcats this weekend, I had a feeling the Big Ten was going to throw an award the Illini’s way this week.  Sure enough, John Kravetz was named Pitcher of the Week.  He becomes the second Illini to receive the award.  Kevin Duchene was dubbed Pitcher of the Week […]

Former Illini Argo named Tampa Bay minor league All-Star

Honestly, did we expect any less from Willie Argo when he was here?  The former Illini outfielder who graduated in 2012, is making headlines in the minor league system in the Tampa Bay organization.  This time he’s made their list as one of the Rays’ Organization All-Stars in 2013.  He’s listed at the first among […]

Parr brothers help Peoria Chiefs with tornado relief online auction

The Cardinals’ Class A affiliate Peoria Chiefs are holding an online auction to benefit those affected by the recent tornado damage in Central Illinois.  "The response on the auction front has been outstanding," said Chiefs director of media relations and baseball operations Nathan Baliva. Items up for auction range from a baseball signed by Hall […]

Former Illini Willie Argo helps Stone Crabs to FSL playoffs

Congrats to former Illini outfielder Willie Argo and his Class A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs teammates.  They clinched a spot in the 2013 Florida State League postseason with a 38-27 record in the second half of the season.      Argo had a banner year for the Stone Crabs.  He hit .304 with 37 stolen […]