A pair of right-handed pitchers from the Quad-Cities - Jake Junis of Rock Falls High School and Chris Burgess of Black Hawk College - were selected Tuesday in major league baseball's first-year player draft.
Junis, who has signed a letter of intent to play at North Carolina State, was taken by the Kansas City Royals in the 29th round, while Burgess, from St. Charles East High School, went to the Tampa Bay Rays in the 30th round. Junis was the 876th overall pick, Burgess No. 930.
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Other players chosen Tuesday on the second day of the draft included University of Iowa pitcher Matthew Dermody (by Colorado) and University of Illinois players Adam Davis (Baltimore), Josh Parr (Arizona) and Corey Kimes (Minnesota). Solon, Iowa, High School outfielder Derrick Loveless, son of former Iowa football player Derrius Lovelesss, was drafted by Toronto.
Rounds 31 through 50 of the draft will be held today.