After guiding Illinois State to its most successful regular season in program history, four senior Redbirds were selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Chad Hinshaw (15th round, Los Angeles Angels), Brett Kay (20th round, San Francisco Giants), Chris Razo (24th round, Milwaukee Brewers), and Eric Aguilera (34th round, Los Angeles Angels) were each drafted by major league teams, marking the fourth-consecutive year a Redbird baseball player has been taken in the annual draft.

“We are very happy for our players that will get a chance to move on to the next level,” head coach Mark Kingston said. “They have worked very hard and had great careers at Illinois State. We expect them to do well, and will follow their careers closely.”

The Redbirds had one player selected in the 2012 draft, when closer Kenny Long was taken in the 22nd round by the Houston Astros. He is currently a member of their Double-A affiliate in the Texas League.