Arnett, Phegley Named Baseball America All-Americans
June 15, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Junior pitcher Eric Arnett and junior catcher Josh Phegley have been named All-Americans by Baseball America, the publication announced. Arnett, who has also collected All-America recognition from two other groups, was a second team selection, while Phegley was named to the third team.
The duo comprises half of the Big Ten's honorees by the publication. They join Minnesota's Derek McCallum (first team second baseman) and Ohio State's Alex Wimmers (third team starting pitcher). It is the first time that either player has earned All-America recognition from Baseball America, though Phegley received All-American status from three other groups in 2008.
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. He was 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).
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.
Arnett (26th overall, Milwaukee) and Phegley (38th overall, Chicago White Sox) were two of seven Hoosiers selected in the 2009 Draft, as they both went in the draft's first 38 picks. Matt Bashore was taken in the supplemental round, as he was chosen 46th overall by the Minnesota Twins, to give IU a trio in the draft's top 50. Indiana had previously had just two players in school history selected in the top 50 picks.
Arnett signed with the Brewers on Sunday, electing to forgo his final year of eligibility with the Hoosiers. Indiana's six remaining draftees have until August 17 to decide whether to sign a professional contract or return to the Hoosiers.
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