Earley, Wilson Sign With White Sox
June 18, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Senior outfielder Michael Earley and redshirt sophomore Ethan Wilson have signed professional contracts with the Chicago White Sox, the team announced. Wilson will forgo his final two years of eligibility for the Hoosiers in signing with the team.
Wilson, who was selected in the 25th round by Chicago, will report to the Bristol (Va.) White Sox in the Rookie Appalachian League. The White Sox' 29th round selection, Earley has been assigned to the Great Falls (Mont.) Voyagers in the Rookie Pioneer League.
Wilson, who 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.
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