Junior Kennard Jones and Senior Eric Blakeley Were Drafted on Tuesday
|2001-2002 News Update|
June 4, 2002
Bloomington, Ind. - Junior center fielder Kennard Jones has a choice to make now. Either he can come back to Indiana for his senior season, or make the trip to join the San Diego Padres after begin drafted on Tuesday. The San Diego Padres made the 2002 Big Ten Tri-Player of the Year the 85th overall pick in the third round of Tuesdays Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft in New York City.
I am excited, said Jones. Im excited and when it was announced my mom was crying. Its great. I was feeling pretty anxious and now I am just excited. I thought I was going in the second round, but it doesnt matter. I am just happy to be drafted.
Jones, first team All-Big Ten outfielder, led the Big Ten Conference regular season in hitting with a .411 overall average. He also led the league in hits (88), runs (72) and was second in stolen bases (22).
Senior Eric Blakeley joins Jones after he was taken in the 21st round by the Seattle Mariners as the 640th pick.
Blakeley finished his career at Indiana with a career season. He hit .330 with 53 runs, 72 hits, 12 doubles, two triples, 10 home runs and 60 RBI. His career saw him have over 600 at-bats, have 190 hits and knock in 116 runs.
Blakeley was a third-team All-Big Ten selection in 2002 and was honored as a member of the 2002 All-Big Ten Tournament Team after the 2002 tournament.
The duo of Blakeley and Jones lead a contingent of 13 Big Ten Conference athletes to be drafted in the first day of this years First Year Player Draft.