Bashore Signs With Twins
July 8, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Lefthander Matt Bashore became the seventh Hoosier to sign a professional contract this offseason, as he inked a deal with the Minnesota Twins this weekend. Bashore, who tied the IU school record for career strikeouts in his final career game, is expected to report to the Elizabethton Twins of the Appalachian League.
Bashore joins Eric Arnett, Evan Crawford, Joey O'Gara, Josh Phegley and Kipp Schutz as 2009 MLB draftees that have signed on to play professionally. Chris Hervey also inked a free agent deal with the Baltimore Orioles. Jake Dunning is the lone remaining IU draftee that is yet to sign, and he has until August 17 to determine whether to return to IU or move on to a pro career.
Bashore could see a familiar face in the opposing dugout at the beginning of August, as Elizabethton is slated to face the Bluefield Orioles and his former classmate, Schutz. Schutz has played in nine games, driving in four runs and scoring three.
Arnett, who is pitching for the Helena Brewers of the Pioneer League, has appeared in three games, making one start, and has struck out three in 5 1/3 innings. Crawford is currently playing for the Arizona League Giants, where he has eight hits, four runs and two steals in his first five games of action.
O'Gara debuted professionally for the Jamestown Jammers of the New York-Penn League on July 4, and has already made two appearances, surrendering just five hits and striking out five over 5 1/3 innings of work. Phegley is playing for the Kannapolis Intimidators of the South Atlantic League, where he has six hits and two RBI in six games.
Hervey made his mound debut for the Gulf Coast League Orioles on July 6, surrendering two hits and a walk in his first pitching performance since he was a freshman at IU in 2005.
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