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Cody Sedlock was selected by the Baltimore Orioles with the No. 27 overall pick Thursday in the first round of the 2016 MLB Draft. Sedlock became the third player in Illinois program history to be picked in the first round, joining John Ericks (1988) and Tyler Jay (2015).

Sedlock is the third-highest drafted Illini, behind only Jay, who went No. 6 overall to the Minnesota Twins last year and Ericks, who was picked No. 22 overall by St. Louis in 1988.

 

Jay and Sedlock are the first teammates from Big Ten schools to be drafted in the first round of back-to-back drafts since Purdue's Sherard Clinkscales and Jermaine Allensworth went in the 1992 and 1993 supplemental first rounds.

 

Sedlock set Fighting Illini single-season records for strikeouts (116), innings pitched against Big Ten opponents (64.2) and strikeouts against Big Ten opponents (75) on his way to the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year award and first team All-American honors by Baseball America.

 

The 6-4, 210-pound right-hander features a 92-95 MPH fastball, a devastating slider that sits 82-84 MPH, an above average curveball at 77-80 MPH and a changeup. 

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