White Sox select IU’s Dedelow in 9th round

Coming back for his senior season worked out fine for Craig Dedelow.

The former Indiana outfielder was selected by the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday in the ninth round of the 2017 First-Year Player Draft. For Dedelow, that’s a jump of 25 rounds — and 768 slots — after he was taken by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 34th round of last year’s draft.

Because Dedelow is a senior and does not hold as much bargaining leverage as he did prior to this season, the White Sox will save some bonus pool money by selecting Dedelow where they did.

But his return to Bloomington benefited both himself and the Hoosiers.

Dedelow smacked 19 home runs, finishing second in the Big Ten. This, after entering his final year of eligibility with 12 career homers.

Dedelow also ended the 2017 season ranked second among conference players in total bases (135), fourth in slugging (.563) and fifth in RBIs (54). His 19 home runs tie him with Doug DeVore for fifth-most in a single season in program history.

For his career, Dedelow batted .289 with 224 hits, 43 doubles, 31 home runs and 135 RBIs. In each of the previous two seasons, Dedelow led Indiana in hits and total bases.

Lightly-recruited out of Munster, Dedelow came to IU on a fall walk-on basis, but impressed Indiana’s coaching staff and earned a roster spot for the spring of 2014.

Dedelow is the third former Hoosier to join the White Sox organization, joining pitchers Jake Dunning (Triple-A Charlotte Knights) and Evan Bell (rookie league).

This story will be updated.