The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

June 8, 2013

Three former Dans get drafted

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DANVILLE —

 The second day of the Major League Baseball draft featured a few players of local interest, but Danville High’s Chuckie Robinson is still waiting for his call.

Rounds 3-10 were completed on Friday afternoon with three former Danville Dans getting the call, along with a University of Illinois standout and a pair of Mid-West Athletic Conference athletes.

Leading the way for the former Dans was LSU infielder Mason Katz, who was a fourth-round selection (No. 125) of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Katz, a 2010 member of the Dans, is batting .373 this year for the Tigers with 15 home runs and 68 RBIs. LSU is playing Oklahoma in the NCAA Super Regionals this weekend.

Teammate Nick Rumbelow, a right-handed pitcher, was a seventh-round selection (No. 224) of the New York Yankees.

Rumbelow, a member of the 2011 Danville Dans, is 1-0 with a 3.65 ERA this season for the Tigers in 28 relief apperances.

Rounding out the former Dans is Mississippi State left-handed pitcher Chad Girodo, who was a ninth-round pick (No. 265) of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Girodo, who played on the 2010 Danville Dans, is 7-1 with a 1.10 ERA this season for the Bulldogs with 53 strikeouts in 41 innings. Mississippi State is playing at Virginia this weekend in the NCAA Super Regionals.

Illinois senior Justin Parr, a first-team All-American, was an eighth-round selection (No. 241) of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Parr, from Chillicothe, batted .398 this past season, including a 33-game hitting streak, the second longest in NCAA baseball this season.

Rounding the second-day draft notables was Lincoln Land’s Ryan Aper and Heartland College’s Daniel Lietz.

Lietz was a fifth-round pick (No. 145) of Toronto Blue Jays, while Aper was a sixth-round selection (No. 172) of the Miami Marlins.

The final 30 rounds of the Major League Baseball draft will begin at noon this afternoon. Every pick is available at mlb.com.

Robinson, a graduate of Danville High, is hoping to hear his name called this afternoon.

The former Viking standout has already signed an NCAA Division I Letter of Intent to attend University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Miss. in the fall.