Crawford, Schutz Taken on Day Two of MLB Draft
June 10, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Outfielders Evan Crawford and Kipp Schutz of the Indiana baseball team were selected on day two of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Crawford was chosen in the ninth round by the San Francisco Giants (267th overall), while Schutz went to the Baltimore Orioles in the 19th round (566th overall).
The two join Eric Arnett, Josh Phegley and Matt Bashore as Hoosiers drafted this year. Arnett (26th overall, Milwaukee), Phegley (38th, Chicago White Sox) and Bashore (46th, Minnesota) all went before the end of the supplemental first round in the draft's top 50 picks.
With five draftees, Indiana is one shy of the school record, set when six players were taken in 1996. However, in the 1996 draft, none of the Hoosiers selected were taken before the 18th round and the draft stretched all the way to the 68th round. The current draft only goes 50 rounds.
Crawford finished his 2009 season as the conference's leader in stolen bases, and his 27 swipes on the year currently rank him 32nd in the nation. He finished the year with a .323 average, stroking 13 doubles and two home runs while scoring 36 runs.
In his first three years in Bloomington, he has posted an average over .320 each season, posting a .331 career average with 63 career stolen bases. His 63 career swipes are 10th in IU history.
Schutz wrapped up his redshirt sophomore campaign with a .392 batting average, best on the team and third in the Big Ten. Over the final 44 games of the season, Schutz went 56-for-128 (.438 average) with 28 runs and 25 RBI. He also hit six doubles and three home runs over that span, and with 14 walks posted a .490 on-base percentage.
The Evansville, Ind., native was also named a First Team All-Big Ten selection and earned All-Tournament Team honors at the Big Ten Tournament in addition to All-Louisville Regional honors for his 5-for-7 effort in the NCAA Tournament. Schutz is the only one of the five that was drafted out of high school, as the Orioles selected him in the 26th round of the 1996 Draft.
Rounds 31-50 of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft will take place on Thursday afternoon.
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