Six Hoosiers Sign With Pros
June 29, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Six members of the Indiana baseball team have moved on to the professional ranks in the last two weeks. In addition to five IU draftees that have signed with their professional teams - Eric Arnett, Evan Crawford, Joey O'Gara, Josh Phegley and Kipp Schutz - graduated senior Chris Hervey signed a free agent contract with the Baltimore Orioles organization.
Arnett was the first Hoosier to sign, as the first rounder inked a deal with the Milwaukee Brewers on June 14. He reported to the team's rookie league affiliate, the Helena Brewers, and has made one appearance in his time with the team. Arnett became the first Hoosier to be selected in the first round since 1966 when the Brewers selected him 26th overall.
Crawford, Schutz and Phegley have also made their professional debuts. Crawford debuted on Monday, going 3-for-5 for the Arizona League's Giants. Schutz, who signed on June 24, is playing for the Bluefield Orioles of the Appalachian League. He has played in four games and is 5-for-14. Phegley signed with the Chicago White Sox on Sunday, and was assigned to Class A Kannapolis. In his pro debut, he went 3-for-4 last night against the Hickory Crawdads, including a single off former teammate Tyler Tufts in the eighth inning.
O'Gara and Hervey both have signed, but neither has reported to their professional teams at this point. O'Gara is expected to report to the Jamestown Jammers of the New York-Penn League, while Hervey is slated to go to the Gulf Coast League Orioles in Sarasota, Fla.
The remaining two Hoosiers selected in the 2009 MLB Draft - Matt Bashore and Jake Dunning - have until August 17 to decide whether to sign a pro contact or return to college baseball.
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