Dickerson, Monar Both Selected on Day Two of MLB Draft
June 7, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Alex Dickerson with the 91st pick of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft, the first selection of the third round. Blake Monar was also chosen on Day 2, picked by the Washington Nationals in the 12th round (367th overall).
Dickerson is the sixth Hoosier to be drafted by Pittsburgh, and the first since Chris Peters was taken in the 37th round back in 1993. Seth Bynum was selected in 2003 (38th round) by the Montreal Expos, who eventually became the Nationals. Coincidentally, Dickerson was also a Washington draftee out of high school, going in the 48th round.
Dickerson will leave Bloomington with one of most storied careers in the history of Indiana Baseball. The 2010 Big Ten Triple Crown winner (.419 avg., 24 HR, 75 RBI) and First Team All-American has written his name all over the IU record books. Even more impressive is the fact that Dickerson has done so in just three seasons donning the Cream and Crimson:
47 homeruns (tied for first all-time)
One of Indiana Baseball's most famous alumnus, Mickey Morandini, was also a draft choice of the Pirates (1987; 7th round).
Monar was a high school draftee as well, tabbed in the 26th round by the New York Yankees before deciding to attend Indiana University. The Rockport, Ind., native immediately jumped into the Friday night starter role as a freshman, earning five wins during IU's 2009 Big Ten Tournament Championship season. After making just one pitching appearance in 2010 due to injury, Monar returned to the bump in '11 and produced a 6-3 record, 3.52 ERA and team-leading 61 strikeouts. He tossed a complete game at Iowa en route to a 2-1 Hoosier road victory.
Despite the shoulder injury in 2010, Monar still contributed to the team. He compiled eight hits and six RBI while also serving as the first base coach on several occasions.
Stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com and the IU Baseball Twitter page (@HoosierBaseball) for news on additional Hoosiers taken in the draft. Rounds 2-30 continue on Tuesday (June 7) and the final 20 rounds conclude on Wednesday. Day 3 is slated to begin at noon ET.
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