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 […]

Former Illini Chris Robinson stays positive despite short trip to the bigs

It was less than two weeks ago when it was announced that former Illini catcher Chris Robinson made the jump to the Major Leagues.  Unfortunately for Robinson, that stint lasted all of three days.  Those of us Illini fans who remember Robbie when he played for the Illini have been secretly (and maybe not so […]

Former Illini Chris Robinson joins the San Diego Padres

Robinson at the plate circa May 2005 It’s been a long journey for Chris Robinson.  The former Illinois catcher has become the second Illini to be called up to the Major Leagues in ten days.  He now reports to the San Diego Padres.  Former Illini pitcher Tanner Roark made the jump to the Nationals just […]

Illini draftee Jordan Parr feeling more at home in left

According to Dan Itel of The Hillsboro Argus, Jordan Parr is again feeling at home with the Hillsboro (OR) Hops now that he’s back to playing a more familiar position.  His first few weeks with the Class A Short Season Hops have been a little harrowing as they have tried him out at third base.  […]

Illinois baseball news wrapup: Casey Fletcher, Roper marathon and Lindauer’s first pro dinger

After my summer trip to Alaska, I’m getting back in the swing of things.  Checking the news, it looks like the commitment of Casey Fletcher to the Illinois Baseball program is getting some media attention now.  The Champaign News-Gazette has a feature article on Casey and the familial connection with his dad, Darrin (left) who […]

Parr bros join forces on single-A Hillsboro Hops

Oregonlive.com has feature article on the two Parr brothers… no, not Justin and Jordan but Jordan and older brother, Josh (left).  The two Chillicothe, Illinois natives are now paired up on the Arizona Diamondbacks’ single-A affiliate Hillsboro Hops.  Big brother Josh is excited to play with Jordan: "I was, one, shocked, and two, excited I […]

Watching former Illini Kyle Hudson with the Bowie BaySox

On vacation back East, my wife and I decided to catch a Bowie BaySox game with friends in Annapolis. Of course, I know full well that Kyle Hudson is on the roster with the Double-A Oriole team and I was hoping to see him play.  Maybe even get a chance to talk with him.  Luckily, […]