Heckman Selected by Seattle Mariners
June 8, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Infielder Corby Heckman was selected on the second day of the 2005 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft. The Spencer, Ind., native was taken in the 32nd round by the Seattle Mariners.
Heckman was one of the top offensive talents for the Cream and Crimson during his four-year career and a defensive handyman in the infield, playing first, second and third base. He closed out his career a .336 hitter with 97 RBI and 117 runs. This season, he batted at a .328 clip to go along with 33 RBI, 29 runs and 10 doubles. Heckman also recorded 18-multiple hit games and carried an 11-game hitting streak.
As a sophomore in 2003, Heckman hit an astounding .372, as he earned third team All-Big Ten honors. In that same season, he was selected Big Ten Player of the Week and carded a career-high 12-game hitting streak. The following season, Heckman continued to excel, batting .310 with five homers, 33 RBI and 42 runs.
Heckman is the second Hoosier in the last two weeks to earn an opportunity to battle for a spot in the big leagues. Right fielder Joe Kemp signed a contract with the Texas Rangers organization on May 25 and is currently in Arizona for extended spring training with the club. The Rangers selected Kemp in the 42nd round of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft.
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