Hoosiers Receive More National Attention
Feb. 13, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The national attention for the Indiana baseball team has continued to roll in, as Baseball America has picked catcher Josh Phegley as the favorite to win Big Ten Player of the Year honors and junior Matt Bashore to win Big Ten Pitcher of the Year. The publication, which already pegged IU to win the conference title in 2009, also named freshman Blake Monar the conference's top newcomer.
Baseball America is not the only national publication that sees a strong season in the Hoosiers' future. Perfect Game Cross Checker, a website devoted to amateur baseball scouting, produced its list of the nation's Top 100 teams, with Indiana clocking in at No. 40. Other Big Ten teams on the list include Michigan (61) and Ohio State (89).
Perfect Game also produced its list of "Impact College Sleepers," the top players at their positions who could have a breakout season and shoot up the draft list in 2009. Outfielder Evan Crawford was named to that team, the lone player from the Midwest on the list.
The conference's head coaches also gave a nod to Indiana's battery of Phegley and Bashore. In a poll conducted by College Baseball Insider, the conference's coaches tabbed Bashore as the "one pitcher you don't want to face" (tied with Michigan's Chris Fetter) and Phegley the "one hitter you don't want to face." Phegley was also noted as the top defensive catcher and the top catcher arm in the conference.
Indiana opens the 2009 season at the BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge, where they will take on West Virginia, Georgetown and USF. The Hoosiers and Mountaineers kick off the year on Friday, Feb. 20, at 10 a.m. in St. Petersburg's Progress Energy Park.
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