Eric Arnett, Josh Phegley and Matt Bashore were all selected before the 2nd round of the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft Tuesday evening. Eric Arnett was the first of this Hoosier trio to be selected when the Milwaukee Brewers called his name in the 1st round with the 26th overall pick. Then, in the Compensation round sandwiched between the 1st and 2nd rounds, the Chicago White Sox used the 38th overall pick to select Phegley, and the Twins drafted Bashore at number 46 overall.
It was great to see all three of these guys go so high in this year's draft. Most experts expected Arnett to go in the 1st, but there were some questions lingering about where both Phegley and Bashore would go. Although I hate to see such great players leave the IU baseball program, this strong showing will undoubtedly do wonders for the Hoosiers on the recruiting front in years to come.
Congrats to Eric, Josh and Matt. You guys really deserve it! Go Hoosiers!
In the 9th round (267th overall pick), the San Francisco Giants selected CF Evan Crawford.
In the 19th round (566th overall pick), the Baltimore Orioles (the same team that drafted him out of high school in the 26th round) selected OF Kipp Schutz.
In the 31st round of the MLB draft, the Florida Marlins selected RHP Joey O'Gara with the 938th overall pick. This might be the pick to keep your eyes on as O'Gara is primed to step into a weekend starter spot next year and will still have negotiation power as a redshirt junior. With that said, he may be better off coming back to IU for one more year to increase his signing bonus and obtain a degree. We will have to wait and see what the Marlins are willing to offer.
With the 987th overall pick in the 33rd round, the Giants selected RHP Jake Dunning. Note he was drafted as a RHP rather than SS after only throwing 7 innings on the mound this season. His strong arm from SS also shows on the mound, however, which was apparent early in the season when Dunning was thought of as the potential IU closer. In Florida against Jacksonville State and starter Ben Tootle (101st overall pick in the 2009 draft), I have to believe Dunning impressed at least one of the multiple scouts in attendance in his 2.1 innings pitched.
**As a side note, follow Eric Arnett on Twitter here.
**Also check out a recent interview with Coach Tracy Smith here. There is some great stuff on the draft, the stadium, pitch counts, the incoming class, summer leagues, and more.