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NIU's Klonowski taken by Angels in draft's 29th round

Published: Saturday, June 7, 2014 8:24 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, June 9, 2014 12:12 a.m. CDT

Northern Illinois pitcher Alex Klonowski was selected by the Los Angeles Angels in the 29th round of the 2014 MLB Amateur Draft on Saturday.

The Angels took Klonowski with the 869th overall pick.

It's the third straight season NIU has had a player drafted. Left-handed pitcher Jake Hermsen was picked by the Dodgers in the 29th round in 2012 and first baseman Jeff Zimmerman was drafted by the Mariners in the 19th round last year.

Klonowski finished his senior season with the Huskies with a 4-6 record and a 2.38 ERA in 94 2/3 innings. Klonowski struck out 64 hitters and didn't allow a home run. He tossed three complete-game shutouts, which led the Mid-American Conference and set an NIU single-season record. The total was also tied for second in the NCAA.

On days he didn't pitch, Klonowski played in the field for NIU, mainly at first base, and he hit .247 with two homers and 21 RBIs. However, the Angels drafted him as a pitcher.

He's the 11th player to be drafted in NIU head coach Ed Mathey's 12 seasons at the helm of the Huskies' program, and is the 25th player to be selected since the draft's inception in 1965.

“Alex is a good kid, he comes from a great family and I couldn’t be happier for him,” Mathey said in a news release. “He came into Northern Illinois as an undrafted kid and through his hard work and dedication he got himself into this position where he is going to get to play professional baseball. The other thing that is great with Alex is that he graduated, he received his degree in four years, and that speaks well for Alex and all of us at Northern Illinois University.”

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