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It appears another Eigsti is headed to professional baseball.

Eureka High School graduate and Bradley University catcher Ryan Eigsti was a 15th-round selection of the Kansas City Royals on Friday in Major League Baseball's first-year player draft.

The lone Illinois State or Illinois Wesleyan player taken came 10 picks later when ISU third baseman Ryan Anetsberger was chosen by the Florida Marlins.

Eigsti follows his brother, Jake Eigsti, a 29th-round pick of the New York Mets out of Indiana State in 2006.

"He was pretty excited for me," Ryan Eigsti said from Kill Devil Hills, N.C., where he is playing for the Outer Bank Daredevils of the Coastal Plains League. "It's very exciting. I was pretty pumped."

A strong defensive catcher, Ryan Eigsti batted .291 with two home runs and 24 RBI this past season for the Braves.

"I wasn't really sure because scouts don't really tell you a lot, but I thought I might go a little higher," he said.

A junior, Eigsti has the option of turning pro or returning to Bradley for his senior season. He admitted the opportunity to play in the minor leagues will be "hard to pass up, that's for sure. I'll go home and talk to the family, but I want to get playing."

Jake Eigsti has been in extended spring training and likely will be assigned to the Mets' Brooklyn team in the short season New York-Pennsylvania League.

Anetsberger also is a junior and is ISU's first position player to be drafted since 2004. He was a second-team all-Missouri Valley Conference pick after batting .328 with five home runs and 30 RBI.

"I was pretty nervous all day. I was pretty happy with I heard the news," Anetsberger said. "I was expecting to go a little higher, but it didn't work out. That's all right."

The Red Sox brought Anetsberger to Boston for a recent workout at Fenway Park.

"It seemed like they were really interested," he said. "But I have no problems playing for the Marlins."

Anetsberger said it is not necessarily a foregone conclusion he is done at ISU.

"We'll do some negotiating," said the 6-foot-1, 210-pounder. "If things go my way, I'll go. If not, I'll probably head back to school."

ISU coach Jim Brownlee is happy for Anetsberger.

"It's great for him because he has worked very hard," Brownlee said. "He now has some decisions to make regarding his future. As a coach, you are glad to see your kids get the opportunity to advance into the professional ranks, and I think that Ryan is one of the better players in college baseball."

Brownlee also had one of his incoming recruits drafted in Andrew "Butch" Biela of Palatine High School. Biela was nabbed in the 12th round by Pittsburgh.

The ISU coach understandably hopes Biela spurns the Pirates to attend ISU.

"I believe Butch is the best outfielder in the state of Illinois, so it wasn't really a surprise," Brownlee said. "He's a five-tool guy who will give us something we have been lacking in the outfield the past couple of years, and that's power. He hit 10 home runs as a junior, and he'll have a chance to do the same for us in the middle of the order."

University of Illinois shortstop Shawn Roof went to Detroit in the 33rd round. Illini catcher Lars Davis was a third-round selection of Colorado on Thursday.

Brett Zawacki, the LaSalle-Peru pitcher who struck out 11 in a sectional championship victory over Normal West, was selected in the 12th round by the St. Louis Cardinals.

Zawacki originally committed to ISU, but later changed his mind and signed with Arizona State.


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