Wilson, Earley Selected on Day Two of MLB Draft
June 8, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Redshirt sophomore infielder Ethan Wilson and senior outfielder Michael Earley have been selected on day two of the Major League Baseball Draft. The Chicago White Sox selected both players, taking Wilson in the 25th round with the 758th overall pick and Earley in the 29th round, 878th overall.
The duo represents the 11th and 12th players taken from Indiana under head coach Tracy Smith's leadership. They are the fifth and sixth Hoosiers, respectively, to be taken by the White Sox in IU history. Josh Phegley was selected in 2009 by the White Sox in the supplemental first round, one of a school-record seven draftees last season.
Wilson, who has battled several injuries throughout his three years as a Hoosier, had a strong redshirt sophomore campaign in 2010. The Pendleton, Ind., native posted a .964 fielding percentage on the year, coming on strong at the conclusion of IU's campaign to post a .298 average with seven home runs and 24 RBI, slugging .617 in the process.
In 2009, Wilson played in the first five games of the season before suffering a foot injury that ended his season. As a freshman in 2008, he hit .292 with six doubles, two home runs and 23 RBI, including a 4-for-5 day with five RBI in IU's Big Ten Tournament victory over Penn State.
Earley worked his way into the draft after a tremendous senior season where he picked up Third Team All-Big Ten honors in providing protection for conference Player of the Year Alex Dickerson. The senior blasted 13 home runs with a .352 average on the year. He had three multi-homer games, mashing multiple longballs against Xavier, Northwestern and Illinois. He also swiped a team-leading 15 bases, making him the only player in the conference that reached double digits in both home runs and steals.
The Anderson, Ind., native hit .276 a year ago in limited action, smashing a home run and driving in 11. That followed a sophomore campaign where he hit .318 with four home runs and 21 RBI, serving mostly as the team's DH. He played as a freshman at the University of Cincinnati, hitting five home runs in his only season for the Bearcats.
The 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft continues on Tuesday, June 8, with rounds 31-50. Wilson and any other underclassmen drafted have until August 16 to decide whether to sign a professional contract or return to school in the fall.
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