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Burdi, Latz, Papierski, Rhoades among area products taken in MLB draft

Local products featured prominently in the 2014 MLB Amateur Draft. 

Louisville junior and Downers Grove South graduate Nick Burdi was the first player from Illinois chosen in the draft as the hard-throwing relief pitcher was picked by the Minnesota Twins in the second round. Burdi was the 46th pick overall.

Jeremy Rhoades, a Wheaton Warrenville South graduate and a junior at Illinois State, was selected by the Angels in the fourth round. The pitcher was the 119th overall pick.

Lemont High School teammates and LSU recruits Jake Latz and Mike Papierski were both selected by the Blue Jays. Latz, a left-handed pitcher, went in the 11th round while Papierski, a catcher, went in the 16th round.

Eric Stout, a lefty pitcher at Butler University and a St. Francis graduate, was taken by Kansas City in the 13th round.

Joe Filomeno, Burdi's Louisville teammate and a St. Rita graduate from Cicero, was picked by the Texas Rangers in the 15th round.

Charlie White, a Naperville North graduate and an outfielder at the University of Maryland, was picked by the Cubs in the 21st round.

Ryan Powers was drafted into the Phillies' organization in the 22nd round. The Nazareth graduate from La Grange pitched at Miami University (Ohio) this season.

Jack Fischer went to the Detroit Tigers in the 26th round. The St. Ignatius graduate from Hinsdale was a pitcher at Wake Forest this spring.

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