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Panthers Players Taken in MLB Draft

Monday, 10 June 2013

Eastern Illinois junior pitcher Joe Greenfield was taken in the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Players Draft going to the Minnesota Twins in the 36th round (No. 1,070).

Greenfield was drafted for the second time in as many years as the Orland Park, Ill., native was taken in the 2012 MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox in the 22nd round (pick No. 691).

Originally slated to be the Panthers starting closer entering the 2013 season, Greenfield was thrown into the starting rotation due to injuries.

Greenfield excelled in the role as he posted a team-best 3.66 earned run average in 18 appearances (14 starts) while posting 63 strikeouts in 93.1 innings of work.

Greenfield added a conference-best four complete games while also posting two saves on the year.

Marshawn Taylor, a 2013 signee for the Panthers, was also taken in the draft as he was selected in the 35th round (No. 1,047) by the Seattle Mariners.

The left-handed shortstop went to Simeon Career Academy (Chicago) and helped their baseball team advance to the regional finals of the IHSA State Tournament before being defeated by LaGrange Lyons HS.

Panther head coach Jim Schmitz, who recently completed his 19th season at EIU, has had 20 players selected in the MLB Draft, including nine players in the last five years.

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