Kyle Schwarber taken No. 4 overall by Chicago Cubs

Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber was taken by the Chicago Cubs with the No. 4 overall pick in the Major League Baseball Draft, becoming the highest drafted player in Indiana history.

Schwarber had been projected as a first-round pick all season and was the No. 17 prospect according to Baseball America as of this week, but mock drafts in recent days suggested he could go higher. He was the first position player taken in the entire draft and the second college player behind left-handed pitcher Carlos Rodon.

The only other Indiana player ever taken in the top 10 picks of the Major League Baseball Draft was Jim DeNeff, taken by the California Angels with the No. 8 overall pick in 1966. The last first-round pick before Schwarber was Eric Arnett, who went No. 26 to the Milwaukee Brewers in 2009.

Schwarber was named a first-team All-American last season when he led Indiana to its first ever College World Series and a second-team All-American this season when he was a first-team All-Big Ten pick and a second-team All-American. He hit. 358 with 14 home runs and 48 RBI this season, leading the Hoosiers to the Big Ten regular season and tournament championships and a national seed before they were stunned in the NCAA Bloomington Regional by Stanford.

3 comments

  1. On a day Calipari received a big extension from Kentucky CTC made the case in front of a packed Wittenberger auditorium that he too deserves a tiny pic

  2. Wow. Great news for us Cubs fans. As a general rule, I don’t buy jerseys of active players. They tend to make you look silly 2-3 years later when they’re no longer with the team. I might make an exception for this one, however.

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