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Jul 11, 2013 8:34 PM by Andrew Masuda

Closer Reed Reilly to return to Cal Poly for junior season

Six Cal Poly baseball players were selected in Major League Baseball's First-Year Players Draft last month. Four of them, Joey Wagman, Michael Hollback, Chase Johnson and Denver Chavez, have already signed contracts and started their professional careers. The clock is still ticking for relief pitcher Reed Reilly and third baseman Jimmy Allen. The deadline for draft picks to sign with teams is at 2 pm California time on Friday. Allen went in the 23rd round to the Boston Red Sox. He's playing for the San Luis Obispo Blues this summer. Blues manager Chal Fanning said on Thursday Allen planned to return to Cal Poly for his senior season. Reilly told KSBY Sports on Thursday he was 100 percent sure he would return for his junior season with the Mustangs. Reilly went in the 18th round to the Baltimore Orioles last month. He said the money and circumstances were not enough for him to give up his final two years of eligibility. Reilly earned All-Big West First Team honors this spring after he tied a program record for most saves in a single season with 14. The right-hander went 2-4 with a 2.29 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 59 innings. He was instrumental in the Mustangs earning a berth in the NCAA Regionals for the second time in program history. Now, Reilly will get a chance to help the Mustangs go for a third berth in the postseason. "We got a lot of position players coming back so our hitting should be a lot better. And we've got Matt Imhof, who's playing for Team USA right now to lead the staff and we've got a lot of incoming freshmen that should be pretty good. So I think we'll almost be a little better next year," said Reilly. Reed says he plans to try to convert to a starter for his junior season, otherwise he'll return to the familiar role as the team's closer. Reilly said he entered this year's draft as a redshirt sophomore to test the draft waters. Reilly was hoping to go in the first five rounds and almost went to Boston in the seventh round.

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