After day two that saw juniors John Rave and Brent Headrick come off the board, day three saw three Redbirds get drafted.

Left handed starter Matt Walker was the first off the board being taken in the 13 round by the Detriot Tigers with the 383 pick overall.  Third baseman Joe Aeilts was taken just one round after his teammate as he was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 14 round with the 429 overall pick. Senior Jeff Lindgren starter was taken in the 24 round by the Miami Marlins with the 711 overall pick. 

A masterful performance, from Walker, in ISU's game two NCAA Tournament win over the Louisville Cardinals likely helped raise the junior's draft stock. In the 4-2 upset over the Cardinals, Walker threw a complete game giving up only two runs, on six hits, two walks and seven strikeouts.

Walker's showing lead to a selection on the Louisville Regional All-Tournament Team. 

Walker finished the season with a 5-8 record starting 16 games, with a 4.75 earned run average and 79 strikeouts. His 79 strikeouts was second best on the Redbirds. 

A breakout season that saw Aeilts net the MVC's highest honor, give himself the chance to come off the board in day three. The junior lead the Redbirds in batting average (.346), hits (88) runners batted in (49), slugging (.559), walks (25) and on base percentage (.559). 

Aeilts draft selection continues his season of accolades. Aeilts was named Missouri Valley Conference Joe Carter Player of the year along with a first team All-MVC selection. 

The senior, Lindgren, marks the first senior Redbird drafted.

Lindgren saw time in all four season's at ISU. This season he started 14 games, while coming out of the bullpen five times. Despite mainly starting this year, Lindgren saw himself in the relief roles in previous years. Making 64 relief appearances to only three starts from his freshman to junior year.

In 19 games Lindgren finshed with a 5.96 earned run average, allowing 25 walks and 69 strikeouts.  

JAKE SERMERSHEIM is a Sports Editor for The Vidette. He can be contacted at jerme@ilstu.edu. Follow him on Twitter at @JackSermersheim 


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