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 […]

More photos from Saturday’s Hot Stove Banquet

Just a few more fun photos I took at last night’s Fighting Illini Baseball Hot Stove Banquet.  Photo op before the event.  From left to right, Dugout Club President Jon Swenson, Chris Robinson and Coach Dan Hartleb.   Former Illini Chris Robinson and Kyle Hudson greet each other at the Banquet   The Dugout Club’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

Illinois Baseball split doubleheader with Cornhuskers

Alex Lincoln lays down a bunt with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th On Saturday, Illinois split a doubleheader with the Nebraska Cornhuskers.  They won the first game 8-7 on a walk-off squeeze play by Alex Lincoln.  In the second game, there were plenty of base runners but Illinois couldn’t capitalize.  Nebraska […]

Argo gets the good press

Former Illini outfielder draftee Willie Argo was touted in a Tampa Bay Rays prospect wrap-up on milb.com: Willie Argo, Princeton (64 games), Bowling Green (five games): A largely unheralded 22nd-round pick out of Illinois in June, Argo debuted at Rookie-level Princeton and became a star in the middle of the Rays order. The 23-year-old — […]

Nothing beats October baseball at Illinois Field

Brandon Hohl slides into home during Monday’s game Today was opening day for Illini baseball’s Orange and Blue World Series.  It was cloudy but the temp was in the 60s and considering it was October in Illinois, definitely baseball weather.  Honestly, this is much better weather than some of the early April games I’ve been […]

Argo, Parr finishing out 2012 well in minors

Former Illini Willie Argo is doing his best to keep his Princeton Rays in the race.  They’re chasing after a wild card spot in the Appalachian League.  Willie (left in his Orange and Blue days) is doing his part, hitting .400 in his last 10 games including a 9 for 17 stint in four straight […]

Jordan Parr, Kevin Johnson to return to Illini in 2013

Rumors have been flying but it’s pretty much official now.  Jordan Parr and Kevin Johnson will no sign with their minor league teams and will return to the University of Illinois baseball team for the 2013 season. This Friday is the official deadline for big league teams to sign players who were chosen in the […]

Catching up with Argo and Milroy in the minors

The Chicago Tribune has a feature article on recent draftee Matt Milroy.  He’s now playing for the Jamestown (NY) Jammers, a Class A Miami Marlins affiliate. “I’m staying busy working out, practicing every day, doing what I love to do,” Milroy said of his new routine. “It hasn’t been difficult at all for me to […]