Updated: June 7, 2012 2:11AM
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media June 6, 2012 6:52PM
All Mike McQuillan was looking for was a chance.
Courtesy of the Washington Nationals, the Brother Rice graduate will get it.
Wednesday, In the 33rd round of the Major League Baseball draft, the Nationals selected McQuillan with the 1,014th pick overall.
“It’s unreal,” McQuillan said. “All the hard work you put in since you were 6 years old … It’s been fun, but it was a lot of work. It’s a pretty cool feeling.”
McQuillan received a call from a Nationals scout Wednesday morning inquiring about his health, and from there on it was a waiting game until the pick went through late in the afternoon.
The 22-year old Evergreen Park native graduated from Iowa in May having hit .354 with 44 runs and 24 RBI in his senior year for the Hawkeyes. He graduated from Brother Rice in 2008.
McQuillan will sign a contract over the next several days and has been told he will report to the Class A Auburn Doubledays in the New York Penn League or the Rookie League Gulf Coast Nationals.
“I had a feeling it’d be Tuesday or Wednesday,” McQuillan said. “It’s a business for the Nationals, too, but the(ir) plan is for me to be in Washington in a couple of years, and that’s my plan, too.”
The Nationals have had some high-profile picks over the past few seasons, including pitcher Stephen Strasburg (No. 1 overall in 2009) and outfielder Bryce Harper (No. 1 overall in 2010). Both players are on the Nationals’ big-league roster.
Other Southland draftees included South Suburban College pitcher Joe Greenfield (Sandburg) by the Boston Red Sox in the 22nd round, Notre Dame pitcher Steve Sabatino (Lockport) by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 26th round, Illinois pitcher Kevin Johnson (Mount Carmel) by the New York Yankees in the 31st round, Marian Catholic’s Brett Lilek by Seattle in the 37th round and Morgan Park shortstop DeJohn Suber by the White Sox in the 38th round.