Two Hawkeyes taken in MLB Draft

BY DI STAFF | JUNE 08, 2011 7:20 AM

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Two members of the Iowa baseball team were selected in the second day of the major-league draft on Tuesday.

Hawkeye starting pitcher Matt Dermody was chosen in the 29th round by Colorado, and incoming recruit Derrick Loveless was taken in the 27th round by Toronto.

Dermody, a sophomore southpaw from Norwalk, Iowa, was drafted for the second time. He was chosen out of high school in the 26th round by Philadelphia but decided to play with the Hawkeyes.

He started 14 games in 2011 and finished with a 4-6 record, 4.15 earned run average, and a Big Ten-best 75 strikeouts.

“I’m excited for Matt,” head coach Jack Dahm said in a statement. “It’s very rewarding for a sophomore to be drafted … he has a very bright future, whether it’s pitching for the Rockies or coming to play for us next year.”

Loveless is ranked as the top player in Iowa by Perfect Game USA; he batted .528 as a junior for Solon High in 2010. The outfielder has won state titles in baseball, football, and track.

“Derrick has a very high ceiling,” Dahm said in the statement. “He is one of the best high-school athletes in the state of Iowa and one of the best I have seen since I have been at the University of Iowa.”

Dahm has now had 24 players selected in the MLB draft in his eight-year tenure, including 18 in the past five years.

The final 20 rounds of the draft will take place today.

— by Seth Roberts

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