Minnesota Twins Draft Three Hoosier Roommates
June 7, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Minnesota Twins grabbed a trio of Hoosiers in the 2013 Major League Baseball draft this weekend, drafting Aaron Slegers, Dustin DeMuth and Ryan Halstead in the fifth, eighth and 26th rounds, respectively. Slegers, DeMuth and Halstead just happen to be roommates off campus in Bloomington.
Indiana University has now seen at least one baseball player drafted in the past seven seasons and in 29 of the last 31 years. Under the guidance of Head Coach Tracy Smith, multiple Hoosiers have been taken in six consecutive MLB June Drafts. A total of 17 players have been picked in the last five years and a total of 20 in the Smith Era.
Slegers came off the board with the 140th pick overall. The redshirt sophomore is 9-1 with a 1.94 earned run average in 16 starts spanning 92.2 innings this season. The Big Ten's leader in wins and ERA was awarded the conference's Pitcher of the Year accolades and third team Louisville Slugger All-American status. He has punched out 53 batters while issuing just 13 walks.
Minnesota had seconds from the Hoosier buffet with the 230th selection overall, picking DeMuth. The junior third baseman was also a third team Louisville Slugger All-American and first team All-Big Ten choice. Entering this weekend's Super Regionals, DeMuth is batting .396 with five homeruns, 22 doubles and 40 RBI with an on-base percentage of .451.
The twins knocked on the IU door a third time for the 770th choice overall, grabbing Halstead. The junior pitcher has written his name all over the Indiana record books. Most notably, Halstead is IU's all-time leader in career saves (22) while also setting the single season mark in 2013 with 11 saves thus far. He has added four wins this year to go along with his 2.43 ERA in 26 appearances.
The Twins have twice previously selected IU student-athletes, including 2009 first round pick Matt Bashore (also Ron Keller, 1965).
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