Phillies take Forsythe in 25th round of MLB Draft

    Forsythe was a three-time All-MVC selection.

    Forsythe was a three-time All-MVC selection.
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    June 8, 2013

    CARBONDALE, Ill. - Southern Illinois left-handed pitcher Cody Forsythe was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 25th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft this weekend.

    "I'm excited to move onto the next stage," Forsythe said. "I just want to thank everyone who helped me get this opportunity. I want to thank Coach Henderson, Coach Finigan and all the coaches at SIU including Coach Cal and also Kent Wallace who helped me get here."

    Forsythe, a three-time All-Conference selection pitched four seasons at SIU and finished his collegiate career as the school's all-time leader in starts and innings pitched. He also ranks fifth in school history in strikeouts with 246 career punchouts compared to just 79 walks. In 2013, the senior posted a 4-5 record and a 3.03 ERA. With 101 innings this spring, he became the first pitcher in school history to throw over 100 innings in three straight seasons.

    "We are thrilled for him," SIU Coach Ken Henderson said. "He has certainly earned it and is deserving of this opportunity. We're all very excited for him."

    Forsythe becomes the fourth Saluki draft pick in Henderson's three seasons as head coach. He joins a list that includes two-time draft pick and current Phillies first base prospect Chris Serritella as well as left-handed pitcher Nathan Dorris, a Cubs prospect who was named a Midwest League all-star earlier this week.

    In addition, catcher Tanner Murphy, a high school senior who committed to play at SIU this fall, was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the fourth round on Friday.