Today, they go pro

[9:25 UPDATE]

Left-handed pitcher Matt Bashore goes 46th to the Minnesota Twins.

[9:10 UPDATE]

Catcher Josh Phegley has been selected with the No. 38 pick by the Chicago White Sox. That’s a compensation pick.

[8:15 UPDATE]

The Milwaukee Brewers have selected right-handed pitcher Eric Arnett with the 26th pick. He’s the first Indiana player taken in the first round of the MLB draft since Jim DeNeff in 1966.

Harold Reynolds, best known for playing second base for the Seattle Mariners in the 1980s and his work with ESPN, said during the MLB Network broadcast of the draft that he felt Arnett was the second-best pitcher available based on film he had watched.

[7:22 UPDATE]

Many mock drafts had predicted Cleveland would draft Eric Arnett with the 15th pick. The Indians went with Alex White, another right-handed pitcher, from the North Carolina Tar Heels instead. He seems to be a similar prospect to Arnett, as he is 6-4 and throws mid-nineties fastball and a hard slider. He’s more of a known commodity, though: he was considered the 71st most talented prospect in the draft coming out of high school.

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Just got off the phone with Indiana baseball players Eric Arnett, Matt Bashore and Josh Phegley. (Not at the same time; I called them separately.)

Arnett and Phegley will be attending parties at restaurants in their home towns (Pataskala, Ohio and Terre Haute, respectively), while Bashore will gather with family in Tipp City, Ohio.

The first three rounds of the Major League First-Year Player Draft begin at 6 p.m. tonight. The remaining 47 rounds will take place Wednesday and Thursday.

To follow along, go here.

To hear what Arnett (a probable first-round pick), Bashore and Phegley (both of whom have a good chance of being picked tonight) have to say about their new teams, come back here later tonight or Wednesday morning.

4 comments

  1. Good luck gentlemen! It would be great to see you all back in Bloomington next year, but with this economy you’ve got to seize the opportunity now to make it to the Majors…

  2. You would think that having 3 fairly high draft picks and playing in the tournament for the first time in years would both really help build the baseball program. Glad to see it!

  3. Great for the program! 3 guys selected in the top 50! Now, we have to wait and see if we lose any of the others.

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