The results from the first poll are in, and it is no surprise that Josh Phegley is the IU hitter readers would least like to face. Phegley received 9 of the 22 votes cast, finishing just ahead of Jerrud Sabourin (6 votes) and Alex Dickerson (4 votes). After a breakout sophomore campaign, Phegley has really become a household name not just among the Hoosier faithful, but also among members of the media and baseball experts nationwide. Not only does he hit for average, but he is also a patient hitter at the plate and sees a lot of pitches. As such, he is currently leading the Big Ten in on-base percentage (.532) and is tied for second in walks with 15.
Based on the results from the poll, it is obvious IU fans are beginning to take notice of the early-season performances of both Sabourin and Dickerson as well. We keep touching upon the team’s “pieces to the puzzle” on this blog, and Sabourin and Dickerson are proving to be among the most important “pieces” to the offensive side of the “puzzle.” After picking up Freshman All-America honors last season, Sabourin has continued his high-level of production this season and is currently leading the team in hitting with a .448 average. Meanwhile, Dickerson, who "earned" an intentional walk against Jacksonville State even though he was no longer in the game (it was actually Cody Webber at the plate, but JSU’s coaches thought it was actually Dickerson at the plate), has been a very pleasant surprise for the Hoosiers so far this season. I don’t think anyone really knew what to expect (except maybe the coaching staff) out of the freshman from Poway, California, but one thing is for sure, he certainly has not disappointed.
It will be interesting to see how the results of this same poll shape up once we are deeper into the season. Hopefully we will be able to throw other players into the discussion at that point in time as well.
Here’s to the start of a long winning streak tonight against Stetson! Go Hoosiers!