Illinois State is not done with MLB draft selections.

Hours after junior center fielder John Rave was selected in the fifth round by the Kansas City Royals, junior starting pitcher Brent Headrick was taken with the 269th overall pick in the ninth round by the Minnesota Twins.

Headrick, the 2019 Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year, finished the season with 12-4 record and a 3.47 earned run average. This includes going 7-0 with a 1.31 ERA across 48.0 innings pitched. The lefty had 115 strikeouts compared to 31 walks this season.

Brent Headrick

Most notably, the 6 foot 6 Headrick fanned 14 in ISU's first round regional win against Indiana Friday. He allowed just two runs on three hits in the win. He also tossed seven innings against Southern Illinois in the MVC tournament, allowing just one run on two hits.

Headrick was also a starter his sophomore season in 2018, though not producing the numbers he did this year. Headrick went 4-7 with a 6.40 ERA in 16 appearances (15 starts). In 2017, he appeared in 10 games (eight starts) and went 1-2 with a 3.79 ERA.

A Reed-Custer High School product and Custer Park, Illinois native, Headrick went 11-1 with a 1.79 ERA en route to a Illinois Class 2A state title his senior year in 2016. He was also named the Class 2A Player of the Year in Illinois following his senior campaign.

BLAINE LEWALLEN is the Sports Editor for The Vidette. He can be contacted at bmlewal@ilstu.edu. Follow him on Twitter at @blainelew3 


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