Slegers taken in fifth round by Minnesota Twins

Indiana redshirt sophomore right-hander Aaron Slegers was taken with the fourth pick in the fifth round, No. 140 overall, by the Minnesota Twins in the Major League Baseball Draft on Friday. Slegers, a 6-foot-10 right-hander, pitched a total of 8 1/3 innings in his first two seasons at Indiana, receiving a medical redshirt in the first because of a broken wrist. Finally healthy this season, however, he heads into the NCAA Super Regionals with a 9-1 record and a 1.94 earned run average and 53 strikeouts in 92 2/3 innings pitched. He was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Year this season.

It is uncertain whether or not Slegers will sign with the Twins. He still has two years of eligibility remaining and he can negotiate with the Twins, decline their offer and return to Indiana for his junior season. A scout from another American League club said earlier this week that Slegers has indicated that because he has two years of eligibility remaining, his asking price for a signing bonus is relatively high and he has made it clear he is willing to return to school it if is not met.