Means, Tufts Selected in 2008 MLB Draft
June 6, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana baseball juniors Andrew Means and Tyler Tufts have been selected in the 2008 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft today. Means was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 11th round with pick number 329, while Tufts was taken in the 32nd round with pick number 963 by the Texas Rangers. Additionally, Hoosier signees Blake Monar and Alex Dickerson were selected in the draft.
Means became the highest Hoosier draft pick since Kennard Jones was taken 85th overall in 2002. Means led the Big Ten with 72 runs and eight triples scored and finished third in the conference with 33 stolen bases. He also hit .357 with two home runs, 11 doubles and 32 RBI while showing tremendous range in center for the Hoosiers. The Avon Lake, Ohio, native was the only Big Ten player to be named Player of the Week twice in 2008.
The centerfielder's 72 runs were the fifth-most in school history and the most since Jones scored 75 in his Big Ten co-MVP season of 2002. His eight triples are tied for fifth in school history, while his 33 swiped bags ties him for seventh in the Hoosier annals. Means' 74 career steals are the sixth-highest total in school history.
Tufts tied for the team lead with his 13 starts in 2008. He posted a 6-5 record on the season with a 5.65 ERA, striking out 52 in his junior campaign. He had four complete games and was incredibly strong down the stretch, going 4-0 with a 3.99 ERA in his final five starts. His final start of the regular season saw him scatter nine hits over eight innings and the groundball specialist helped induce six double plays, the most on record by a Hoosier in a nine-inning game. The two players chosen give Smith 23 players drafted since 2000.
Monar and Dickerson were the third and fourth incoming signees to be selected in the draft in the last two years, as 2007 saw Brock Huntzinger and Kyle Leiendecker garner draft selections. Monar was chosen by the New York Yankees in the 26th round with pick number 800. Monar had an outstanding season for South Spencer (Ind.) High School, entering the postseason with a 0.49 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 43 innings. He was also outstanding at the plate as well, hitting .644 at the plate, as the senior is a candidate for Indiana Mr. Baseball honors.
Dickerson went in the 48th round to the Washington Nationals, who took him with pick number 1432. Dickerson, the offensive MVP of his Poway (Calif.) squad, was named First Team All-Palomar League after hitting .455 with eight home runs, 12 doubles and 44 RBI on the year. The Titans were ranked number one in the state after winning the California Interscholastic Federation Sectional Championship.
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