Three Hoosiers Chosen in Top 50 of MLB Draft
June 9, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Three members of the Indiana baseball team were taken in the first 50 picks on day one of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday. Eric Arnett, Josh Phegley and Matt Bashore all were selected before the end of the supplemental first round of the draft. Indiana was the only school to have three players taken in the top 50 this year.
Arnett was selected 26th overall by the Milwaukee Brewers in the first round to lead all Hoosiers. Phegley and Bashore were taken in the supplemental round, as Phegley went 38th overall to the Chicago White Sox and Bashore was chosen 46th overall by the Minnesota Twins. Indiana had previously had just two players in school history selected in the top 50 picks.
Arnett joins Jim DeNeff (8th, 1966) as the only two IU players drafted in the first round in Hoosier lore. The righty is the first opening-round draft pick from a Big Ten team since Glen Perkins was chosen 22nd by the Twins in 2004.
Phegley and Bashore became the fourth and fifth players in school history chosen before the end of the supplemental first round. Kevin Orie (29th, 1993) was chosen in the supplemental first round for the Hoosiers as well. The only other IU players that have been chosen in the top three rounds in school history are Barry Jones (69th overall, 1993) and Kennard Jones (85th overall, 2002).
Arnett posted a 12-2 record with a 2.50 ERA and 109 strikeouts on the season. He matched the school's single-season record in both wins and Ks. The Pataskala, Ohio, native, who earned Second Team All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, is the first pitcher in school history to collect All-America recognition. He was also one of five finalists for the College Baseball Foundation's National Pitcher of the Year and joined Phegley as a one of 30 finalists nationally for the Golden Spikes Award. The righthander ranks in the nation's top 20 in wins (fifth), ERA (19th) and strikeouts (18th).
Bashore finished 2009 in a tie with Eric Jacques (1986-89) for the school's all-time strikeout record, posting 244 in his career. He also finished his junior campaign with 108 strikeouts, one off the mark set by Vernon Wilshere in 1936 and matched by Arnett in 2009. He earned All-Big Ten honors in each of the last two seasons, garnering first team recognition in 2008 and second team laurels in 2009. This season, he led all conference pitchers with his 2.36 ERA in Big Ten action.
Phegley once again dented the Indiana record books in 2009 after posting one of the top seasons in school history in 2008. His 17 home runs and 66 RBI as a junior each rank him in the top 10 in school history, and his career marks of 32 longballs and 162 runs driven in are also among IU's top 10. The Terre Haute native was also a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award as a junior, presented to the nation's top catcher, and the Golden Spikes Award, presented to the top amateur baseball player in the nation.
The MLB First-Year Player Draft will continue on Wednesday and Thursday, with rounds 4-50 scheduled to take place over the next two days.
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