The University of Iowa sent this press release Friday afternoon:
University of Iowa junior Jake Yacinich was selected in the eighth round of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Friday by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The shortstop was the 239th pick overall.
Yacinich was a first-team All-Big Ten selection as a junior — the first Hawkeye to earn first-team honors since 2009. He finished the season ranking in the top 10 in the conference in seven categories, ranking second in batting average (.365), steals (25) and triples (4). Yacinich scored 45 runs, drove in 32 and posted a .447 slugging and .438 on-base percentage.
The West Des Moines Dowling Catholic graduate tied for the team lead with 23 multi-hit games, which included four four-hit contests. He has 142 singles as a Hawkeye, ranking seventh in program history.
Yacinich will have the option to sign with the Angels or return to the Hawkeyes for his senior season. He helped Iowa to 30 wins in 2014 and to a berth and win in the 2014 Big Ten Tournament.
“If everything works out and stuff … I’ll probably go and start my career,” Yacinich told the Des Moines Register.
Rounds 11 through 40 of the MLB Draft will take place Saturday. Follow the picks live at MLB.com.