On the final day of the MLB First-Year Player Draft, Illinois senior pitcher Ronnie Muck was selected by the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels picked up Muck in the 30th round with pick #899.
Muck finished his senior campaign with a 1-4 record, three saves and 3.38 ERA for the Fighting Illini out of the bullpen.
During his college career, the Illinois right hander pitched in two different NCAA Regionals. He pitched in the 2011 Fullerton Regional as a freshman and the 2013 Nashville Regional as a junior.
Overall with the Illini, Ronnie Muck recorded 81 strikeouts in 101.2 career innings pitched and held opponents to a .235 career batting average. He finished with a 6-6 record, nine saves and 3.63 ERA in 72 total appearances out of the bullpen.
Per fightingillini.com, Muck “made a career-high 23 appearances in 2012 (2-1, 4.36 ERA, 3 saves) followed by notching his best record and ERA in 2013 (3-1, 2.70 ERA, 2 saves).”
He also matched his career-high in saves during the 2014 season with three total.
Ronnie Muck becomes the twelveth Illinois Fighting Illini player to be selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft. Muck is the only Illini to be drafted in 2014. Last year, Illinois had four players picked up in the draft.
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