Bynum Second Hoosier Drafted
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Junior shortstop Seth Bynum became the second Indiana player to be taken in the Major League Baseball Draft when he was selected in the 38th round by the Montreal Expos. Bynum, a native of Louisville, Ky., joins senior Vasili Spanos, who went to the Oakland Athletics in the 11th round on Tuesday.
Bynum started all 54 games he played in a shortstop in his first active season for the Hoosiers. He hit .257, had 48 hits, including nine doubles, and collected 34 RBI. He also belted seven home runs, the second-most of any Hoosier this season. Before coming to IU, Bynum played two seasons at Lincoln Trail Community College. He was an All-Conference and All-Region selection for the Statesmen. Bynum has one year of eligibility remaining at Indiana if he chooses not to sign with the Expos.
Spanos, who is a native of River Forest, Ill., earned first-team All-Big Ten honors in both 2001 and 2002. He was selected an American Baseball Coaches' Association third-team All-American as a junior and was a preseason All-American prior to this past season. As a senior, he led the Big Ten in batting average (.434), home runs (8), on-base percentage (.525) and slugging percentage (.778), Spanos earned first-team honors for the second straight season. His batting average in league games was more than 40 points higher than the next-best hitter in the Big Ten. In all games, Spanos closed the season with a .412 batting average, 47 RBI and 11 home runs.
In four seasons as a starter at third base for the Hoosiers, Spanos left his mark on the Indiana record books. He posted a career batting average of .365, which ranks in the top 10 in school history, and a .673 slugging percentage, the second-best ever by a Hoosier. He finished tied for third with 43 home runs and ranks sixth with 228 hits, fifth with 51 doubles and fifth with 100 extra-base hits. In addition, his 185 RBI rank tied for third with 1992 College Baseball Triple Crown Winner Mike Smith.
Indiana has had four players drafted in the last two years. In 2002, Kennard Jones was taken in the third round by the San Diego Padres while Eric Blakeley was picked in the 21st round by the Seattle Mariners.
Bynum and Spanos are two of 17 players from the Big Ten Conference that were drafted this season.
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