Phegley, Arnett Headed to Big-League Camp
Feb. 5, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Just one year removed from preparing for the 2009 college season, former Hoosiers Eric Arnett and Josh Phegley have been invited to Major League Spring Training Camp for the Brewers and the White Sox, respectively. Phegley will report to White Sox camp in Glendale, Ariz., on Feb. 20 and Arnett will report to Brewers camp in Maryvale, Ariz., on Feb. 21.
Arnett, who was selected 26th overall by the Brewers last year, appeared in 14 games, making nine starts for the Helena Brewers in the Pioneer League after wrapping up his IU career. The big righty struck out 35 men in 34 2/3 innings of work in his first pro season.
That followed arguably the greatest pitching season in school history for the Pataskala, Ohio, native. Arnett tied school records in both wins (12) and strikeouts (109) and became the first Hoosier hurler to be named an All-American and the first to take home Big Ten Pitcher of the Year honors. He was also one of five finalists for National Pitcher of the Year recognition.
Phegley played the 2009 season for the Kannapolis Intimidators in the South Atlantic League. He played in 52 games in his professional debut, hitting nine home runs and driving in 33 runs. He also showed off his arm from behind the plate, nabbing 30 of the 52 baserunners who tried to steal on him.
The Terre Haute, Ind., native finished his Hoosier career as one of the top hitters in program history, as his 32 homers and 162 RBI both rank in IU's all-time top 10. He was twice named a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award, presented annually to college baseball's top catcher, and was a 2009 semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, which goes to the top amateur baseball player in the nation.
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