Sedlock named on All-America first team

Cody Sedlock’s season was right on point, and Baseball America caught on.

Baseball America, an online and print publication, named the pitcher to its All-America first team. Sedlock is the second righty in Illinois’ program history to make the team.

This is also the second-straight year Illinois has seen consecutive All-Americans and first in 68 years. Tyler Jay made the team last year.

Jay was drafted sixth overall by the Minnesota Twins as a junior. It was the highest Illinois player drafted ever, but Sedlock may put that to the test.

Sedlock, a junior, went 5-3 this past year with a 2.49 ERA and a record 116 strikeouts in 101.1 innings. He twice pitched into the 10th inning — once striking out 14 in a scoreless 10.2 innings of work.

He averaged 8.9 innings and a 1.01 ERA in his last five Big Ten appearances.

It earned Sedlock on April 22 Illinois’ first-ever National Pitcher of the Week Award.

Now, a little more than a month later, he is predicted to be a first-round pick in Thursday’s MLB Draft. Baseball America predicts he will be drafted 33rd overall by the St. Louis Cardinals.