Salukis first baseman drafted in the fourth round

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - The Philadelphia Phillies drafted Chris Serritella out of Southern Illinois University with the 158th pick in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball draft Tuesday afternoon.

"This is one of the best days of my life, and I can't wait to start my career in pro ball," Serritella said according to an SIU news release.

Being drafted in the fourth round puts Serritella among elite company as he became only the 12th player in school history to be drafted that high.

"It's definitely exciting to be drafted this high among many of the top college and high school players in the nation," Serritella said.

Serritella racked up 13 home runs and 61 RBIs with a batting average of .389 for the Salukis as a redshirt junior in 2012.

Over his career at Southern Illinois, Serritella  knocked 30 home runs which is third most in school history.

"Chris has obviously had a great career as a Saluki and we are extremely proud of all that he has accomplished," SIU coach Ken Henderson said according to a SIU news release.

The deadline for recently drafted players to sign a contract is July 13.

In addition to Serritella there were two other Illinois natives drafted Tuesday.

The Chicago White Sox drafted pitcher Brandon Hardin from Pinckneyville with the 321st pick in the 10th round and pitcher Derek Thompson from John A. Logan with the 411th pick in the 13th round.

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