Coach Smith Meets With the Media
June 8, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana head baseball coach Tracy Smith met with members of the media today to discuss his team's 2009 performance, look forward to Tuesday night's MLB Draft and also take a look at what the team has in store for 2010.
In Tuesday night's First-Year Player Entry Draft, anywhere from 5-7 current players are expected to be drafted, including projected first-round pick Eric Arnett. Coverage of the draft begins at 6 p.m. ET on the MLB Network for the first round and will pick up on MLB.com for the second and third rounds. Rounds 4-50 will take place on Wednesday and Thursday.
Arnett, who has been pegged to go as high as 15th overall by several publications, is expected to be joined in the top three rounds by fellow Hoosiers Matt Bashore and Josh Phegley. All three were listed in Baseball America's latest list of the Top 100 Draft Prospects. IU has only had four players ever drafted in the third round or higher.
The Hoosiers have signed six players that will join the program in the fall, including Indianapolis native Micah Johnson. The six incoming freshmen hail from six different states, with Arizona (Jerry Kleman, Mesa), California (Jonny Hoffman, El Camino), Illinois (Mike McKinley, Naperville), Ohio (Michael Basil, Cincinnati) and Texas (Trace Knoblauch, Houston) joining Indiana on that list. Knoblauch is the nephew of former Major Leaguer Chuck Knoblauch and was the cleanup hitter this year for Bellaire High School, which was ranked as the top team in the nation for much of 2009.
Indiana concluded its 2009 campaign at 32-27 after winning its first Big Ten Tournament championship since 1996. IU also earned the second NCAA Regional berth in school history with the title. With a 16-7 conference record, the Hoosiers finished with their best Big Ten winning percentage since 1939.
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