Indiana signee Logan Sowers drafted in 31st round by San Diego Padres

Logan Sowers, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound outfielder from McCutcheon High School in Lafayette and an Indiana signee was drafted in the 31st round of the Major League Baseball draft by the San Diego Padres. He said on Twitter on Friday evening once the first 10 rounds had passed, however, that he would be enrolling at Indiana regardless of whether or not he was drafted on Saturday.


  1. Outside of the exaltation that comes with a first round pick, couldn’t you have just waited a bit and put all the other draft picks into one Scoop post?

    Seems like the piling on of all these individual posts for each draft pick is Dustin’s way of attempting to make a case that the team was better than their disappointing, season-ending, result at the regional.

    Only one first round pick generated from a very dominant Hoosier team sorta makes it appear that Big 10 baseball doesn’t carry a lot of prestige with Major League Baseball.

    Almost seems like Big 10 baseball is comparable to playing in Division II or Division III basketball.

  2. H-T and DD do a great job of getting us the news fast, like as in now, as it happens. Merely assembling for the online feature for later delivery might be step one toward a 2 or 3 days-a-week-ONLY newspaper like what they have already had to back-down-to in places like Ann Arbor and Madison.
    Keep it coming, DD, for those who like our news as fresh as we can get it. jeffb

  3. “Only one first round pick…”

    You gotta be kidding me. I could be wrong but I believe only one team, a mediocre NC State team that went nowhere, had two players picked in the first round.

    So, IU didn’t manage to do something that NO OTHER TEAM DID, EITHER except for one unsuccessful program.

    Yeah, I think we can all agree that that’s a good benchmark to judge success. I don’t see any flaws in that analysis.

  4. Out of the first 13 rounds(405 picks), how many were from the Big 10? Outside of the Hoosiers selected, I believe I found one or two more picks(about a total of 5 picks equaling just over 1%).

    Last year was a beautiful Cinderella run for Indiana…But is it really an “era” of greatness? Was it really an indicator of sustainable movement on the national stage? Outside of the three picks from Indiana, there’s hardly any other Big 10 talent getting drafted in the first dozen rounds. Could any Big 10 baseball team be consistently competitive with top programs from the South and West? If the MLB draft picks are indicative to the overall talent, then is it possible that what happened at Indiana over the last two seasons may be exaggerated success? Is the improvement or dominance of a baseball team within the Big 10 somewhat of a fool’s paradise where the actual competitiveness on the national level is not so simple a move or reason for a conclusive assessment?

  5. Two straight B1G championships, one trip to the CWS, and one national seed is a very successful two year stretch regardless of how some negative nancy wants to spin it with their “expert” analysis of the draft. Complaining about too much coverage in this instance is so moronic that it truly doesn’t deserve a response. If you don’t want to read an update, don’t click on it. Seriously…..try that! Clearly people care about it judging from the attendance and overall IU baseball discussion amongst the public that has grown dramatically of late. If you want to read about Peter Jurkin’s legs, basketball recruits that are barely out of diapers, etc….go to another site and cry about something else.

  6. I’ll grant you that it’s a far bigger accomplishment than making a Sweet 16 in Division 1 basketball.

    I don’t think there’s a lot of passion for Big 10 baseball across the entire conference. Attendance was dismal at the Big 10 tournament until an average showing in the finals when Nebraska conveniently became part of the championship on their home turf.

    Have 50 posts for all I care. Go down to the 485th pick of a high school player that has committed to Indiana Baseball. The onslaught of posts won’t equate to more runs against a Stanford team in our own park. Personally, the coverage of draft picks this far down the ladder is overkill on an accomplishment that can just humbly rest on its own obvious achievement(whether it’s “fools paradise” or a true indication of an Indiana Baseball moving to a level of sustained skill that eclipses the inferior talent in lowly baseball conference they are forced to play in).

    But that’s what Glass, Crean, Wilson have pushed upon the local journalists crowd….It’s all overkill and oversell. We lost. Deal with it and move on. True “eras” and “going home parties” are measured everywhere else in the sports world by winning big games. It’s not about draft picks or throwing millions of dollars at coaches for one bowl appearance or a couple trips to a Sweet 16 game. It’s sad to see strong journalists merely become pollyanna clones for Glass’s marketing machine. I hope they’re getting something beyond locker room access out of the deal.

  7. True eras are measured in terms of historic accomplishments which has happened at Indiana. The ‘Counsilman Era’ of world-wide historic swimming legends such as Mark Spitz, Charlie Hickox, Gary Hall and, at least a dozen others. The ‘Hobie Era’ for Hobie Billingsley who brought about a dozen of the world’s best divers to Bloomington (a town where the most significant body of water at the time was the Jordan River (US miniscule version).

    The ‘Knight Era” which brough three national championships to Bloomington; but, more importantly was known for the creatrion of concepts and ideas that changed how the game was played and made the word ‘basketball’ synonymous with Knight, Indiana and Hoosiers. That, is no longer true if we are to be honest with our status today.

    The ‘Mc Cracken Era’, when the legend of the ‘Hurrying Hoosiers’ and their run and gun style was created; mostly, thanks to the availability of talent in the Hoosier state and the management of the game by Branch Mc Cracken.

    The “Jerry Yeagley Era’ of college soccer in America. When the Hoosiers, a rather insignificant college power in the sport, won seven national championships and became an important part of the introduction, acceptance and growth of the planet’s biggest and most important sport to a United States that had been medium-warm, at best, to its world-wide passion. It is an almost unbelievable that, one ‘HPER soccer instructor’ with a vision set of a revolution in American interest from a college town in Indiana that was short in soccer fields…but it happened. That is an ‘Era, the Yeagley Era’.

    We may be in the threshold of a similar phenomena in the case of Coach Smith and Indiana Baseball. Much has been accomplished in America’s Pastime with the great run of 2013 and the outstanding accomplishment by Coach Smith and his Hoosiers Bashers, meriting and setting the foundation for even greater accomplishments as the building of Kauffman Stadium that can accommodate more than the 53 folding chairs and ten blankets of the old Sembower Field (more heavily used after midnight by the couples climbing down the hill to use its warmth and privacy in the past). But the accomplishment of the Hoosiers Boys of Summer 2014 have indeed set the stage for a ‘possible era’ in the future…but a long way to go before the word Era can be legitimately used.

    The same can be said of Todd Yeagley’s soccer team. Great and unexpected national championship last year set the table which includes the picnic luxury of the hardware of his father’s Era. But, the challenge is now for Todd to give it depth before his own era is created. We are lucky and blessed that he has set the stage with his own national championship during his first year for a third era that will combine father and son’s accomplishment into a distinct ‘Yeagley Era’ that blends the Twentieth and Twenty-First Century accomplishments from this one family.

    Historically, no other accomplishments since 1950 merit or even come close to meriting being called an Era. And, even transitory successful years of national accomplishment in Hoosier history have been marked, more often than not, by the colossal failures of the hope for an era. It is the failures not the successes that make reaching the status of an Era that has characterized the frustration of Hoosier fans so far this century.

    Other than that. I can not think of any historical serial accomplishments that one could honestly call an ‘Era’.

  8. But the accomplishment of the Hoosiers Boys of Summer 2014 have indeed set the stage for a ‘possible era’ in the future…but a long way to go before the word Era can be legitimately used.

    Nice summation. And that was a very well-written and great IU sports history lesson….almost encyclopedic. Pretty good for an old tooter.

  9. Yeah, …I may be old but the selection at the retirement community is both fantastic and available. OK…a little old, but some still firm around the ankles…and always insisting I have breakfast before I disappear to the Hoosier blogs.

    Good…I lie, great…to see you are still in form. Has anyone ever done a script about a bunch of “late middle age to still care and don’t have to be fed near-deathers old far ‘s” desperate fans still hoping for that one ‘justifies my entire life’ championship. Look at the characters here and imagine them. Beginning with the pros who need four paragraphs before they tell you who played and who won; write fourteen “Twitter” feeds and expand each into separate stories…stay on your battle, you won’t win but you’ll give the opposing armies one hell of a case…. Historically speaking…’they’ shall refer to it and it will be known as the “Era of the Great Diarr….!” and we will have reached our own Immortality!

    Don’t ever Die!

  10. More conclusions in search of evidence on the part of our resident hyperbolist.

    Here’s the actual data. Your conclusions may vary depending on your mileage. In the 34 picks of the first round, 16 of them were High School kids. That’s 47%. The NCAA conference with the next highest total was a paltry 4 (ACC). Only 3 other conferences had more than 1 (Pac 12, Missouri Valley, SEC with 2 each). Every other conference had only 1.

    This doesn’t at all include any of the signees that come in from foreign countries, which make up over 70% of the total of the minor leagues.

    Harvard has an ax to grind with the family of the current coach, so he is in search of ways to paint them as a bunch of underachieving/overrated losers. Even accuses Dustin of being in on the conspiracy to cover that fact. The actual results show that Schwarber’s inclusion as the #4 pick represented our university and conference quite well. The fact that no other Hoosiers cracked the first round is neither indicative of how well they played this year, nor how the team will be thought of in terms of our school’s and conference’s history. Which is, this was a great team that lost two games by 4 total runs that were scored in less than 2 innings. The were one of THREE top 5 teams that didn’t make it out of the regional on their home field (Florida and FSU being the others).

    That’s baseball.

  11. I’m not talking just the first round. If you look at 13 rounds, there were very few Big 10 picks(around 1%). It’s not indicative of a very strong baseball conference. How much any dominance for a couple years within that conference placing very few kids in 13 rounds of a draft means in terms of calling something at IU as an “era” or now in the halls of rightful consideration with other programs that have been more consistent national contenders…?

    I have no ax to grind with the family. I just think it’s sad how our current basketball coach spent so much time painting many ex-Hoosiers as degenerates.

    The hypocrisy evident is in full view with how little punishment and press has circled in the waters for drinking and driving conviction, false ID’s and public underage drinking involving athletes, and investigations into battery charges against young men that have close ties to many our sports programs. Why are these acts of degeneracy never considered a “cancer” upon the Bloomington streets? Violence on college campuses is not a potential cancer? The possibility of killing someone while drunk behind the wheel of a car is not a cancer? The escalation of alcohol abuse is not potentially destructive to more than those just caught in the act? Violence and alcohol kill people. These acts destroy values and send a message of allowing selective entitlement, self-destructive behavior, and violent acts permitted…. as long as your part of the inner circle of power meets purity now growing into a Penn State locker room culture within IU athletics.

    But if you’re a peaceful kid with little college preparation that allowed your ego to spiral into a disregard for the importance of the classroom, then you’re a “cancer” and a “program wrecker.” Why? Because you don’t hang around with the offspring of a “legendary” rock star that goes to IU games…or you don’t share Bible quotes with Joyce Meyer?…or you don’t kiss your dad on the lips properly?….or your gangland streets were not the same hell as Tijan Forever streets?

  12. The only difference is see in the degeneracy of recent acts as opposed to the labeled “cancers” under Sampson is that those now screwing up have the safety net of a loving family(at home and within the program) to catch their fall). That is far from an attack upon any family. It’s called having a true second chance rather than the mirage of one. It’s called the fortunes of birthrights and power within. They are lucky to have what those we crucified before never apparently deserved in Tom Crean’s villain-chasing world.

  13. Over 10k words written to make the claim that “…I don’t think that there’s a lot of passion for Big 10 baseball across the entire conference.” What a deep insight. Whatever it takes to support circular logic of your meta-narrative: Tom Cream is a knucklehead.

    The Fab 5 were an Era in college sports terms. Only two years. The point of last season and this seasons is that they were Indiana’s greatest teams BY FAR. The nucleus that was responsible has now moved on and hopefully some of them will find themselves at the next level.

    Whether they can sustain it beyond this current crop of players or not is debatable, but those following baseball are interested in seeing what is happening with the current team and incoming recruits draft-wise. But since you love being a wet blanket, we’ll who cares. You don’t care to really talk about baseball anyway. Let’s continue to talk about what you really want to talk about: Tom Crean’s a knucklehead.

    Lemme go take a nap first.

  14. “Circular logic of my meta-narrative….? ” That’s just not fair. That sounds like Dustin’s next Kilroy’s pickup line…”What do you think of going back to my place and trying a little circular logic on my meta-narrative?”

    Maybe it’s one of those new artisan pizza slogans..? I’ll have the meta-narrative pepperoni on a circular logic semolina wheat crust tonight…? I will also order a tall glass of draft-wise beer.

    You are too much. UK Basketball brings in a Fab 5 every season. It’s the Era that keeps on giving.

  15. Is pepperoni the exotic meat that Pizza Hut is putting on their “artisan pizzas” in selling to good folks of Northern Indiana?

  16. Used to be a fabulous pizza restaurant in Chesterton named Troy’s Pizzeria …It was on Highway 20 just off the exit of Highway 49(heading north of Chesterton toward the Indiana Dunes). Little family run place that we used to gather. Where did those days go…? It’s probably been closed for over 25 years now. My sister would bring her family up from Muncie on summer holiday weekends and we would all pile into about three cars and drive out Troy’s…My nieces and nephews were so young and so happy. The whole family was so happy. Pitchers of beer and ‘combination’ pizzas spread down the length of three or four red checkered-cloth tables all shoved together for our family tradition of going to Troy’s. My Dad used to call a pizza loaded with sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, and peppers a ‘combination’ pizza. I miss my old man. I can here his voice as if we were still at the table…”Give us a large combination.”

    A husband and wife team were the owners of Troy’s. She was Italian and held all the secrets to something I certain could not be replicated. The cheeses were buttery and the crust was thin and crisp. You could always taste a hint of Romano cheese buried below into the delicate sauce. Nothing “exotic”…Just love, the best and freshest ingredients, and the hand of experience passed through generations. The green peppers were soft and blended into the cheese. She must have blanched them or marinated them in oil before assembly. I can’t stand raw green peppers on pizza. No brick ovens. No wood or coal..A tiny kitchen. A huge metal oven that made that little work space likely 110 degrees on a hot summer afternoon. They were a real team and worked their butts off to keep that little restaurant running..I’ve never tasted better.

    Take care, Double Down.

    Someday I’ll tell you about Flamingo Pizza in 1960’s downtown Gary.

  17. It’s still nothing comparable to Troy’s, but if you’re ever in Chesterton, try Gelsosomo’s Pizza.

    Not sure if Duneland Pizza is still open…I used to love their plain cheese pizza. Very thin crust and also excellent buttery mozzarella. They used to make very good Stromboli and Italian Beef sandwiches as well.

    And you must also visit ‘The Port Drive-In’ on Calumet Ave…Try their Teamburger, onion rings, and a frosty mug of root beer.

  18. The restaurant business is absolutely brutal. I have no higher respect for people than these small restaurants who are opened 6 – 7 days a week. Getting up and doing it over and over and over again. Somehow all that elbow grease makes a key ingredient in the food they serve, which can’t be replicated anywhere.

    Troy’s sounds like my kinda place.

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