On the eve of baseball’s free-agent draft, one thing is certain.
Thomas Lindauer knows he will be putting on a glove and playing the game somewhere this summer.
“That’s about the only certainty," Lindauer said. “So much of it is outside of anything I can control, so I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing and deal with things as they come."
Lindauer is a Moline native who earned first-team all-Big Ten honors as a shortstop this spring as a junior at Illinois. He is among a handful of players with Quad-City ties who are on the radar screens of major-league teams as they prepare for Thursday’s start of the three-day, 40-round draft.
If selected, Lindauer is interested in listening.
“If it works out, it’s something I want do. If not, I’d be perfectly fine with being part of the team (at Illinois) next season," Lindauer said. “All I can do is see how things play out and move on from there. The hope is that I will have a decision to make."
Lindauer ended his collegiate season Sunday on an 18-game hitting streak when the Fighting Illini lost an NCAA regional semifinal game to Georgia Tech. He expects to return to the summer Northwoods League and the Waterloo Bucks this week.
Several Quad-City area high school players, pitcher Derek Burkamper of Muscatine, pitcher/outfielder Matt Brill of Moline and pitcher Cody Sedlock of Rock Island Alleman, are considered among potential draft selections.
Two Quad-City college pitchers who are products of Davenport high schools, Augustana’s Jared McIntosh of Assumption and St. Ambrose’s Zach Rohlf of North also are a part of that group.
Lindauer isn’t the only potential draft pick with Quad-City ties on a Northwoods League team.
Kendall Patrick, a catcher from Black Hawk who signed a letter of intent with Michigan last fall, is playing for the Mankato MoonDogs.
Braves coach Arnie Chavera said more than 20 organizations watched the Mitchell, S.D., this season, liking his 6-foot-3 size as well as his ability to play shortstop and center field.
“He was an academic all-American for us as well, and with his intelligence he became an assistant coach on the field," Chavera said.