Two more Hoosiers drafted

In related news, Tracy Smith needs to add you to his team if you’ve ever played played baseball. Or seen baseball. Or know of baseball. That guy will be scouring the country for available players.

Then again, if you meet those criteria you, too, have probably been drafted. In round 94.

Jake Dunning, an infielder/pitcher, and Joey O’Gara, a tall right-handed pitcher, seem more likely to return to the program than the other five players selected.

Here’s a release from Matt Brady:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Redshirt sophomore Joey O’Gara and junior Jake Dunning were selected on day three of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Those two selections brought IU’s total to seven draftees in the three-day event, a record for the Hoosiers. O’Gara was chosen by the Florida Marlins in the 31st round (938th overall), while Dunning went to the San Francisco Giants in the 33rd round (987th overall).

Indiana previously had six players chosen in the 1996 draft after winning the Big Ten Tournament and advancing to the NCAAs. O’Gara and Dunning join Eric Arnett (1st round), Josh Phegley (Supplemental 1st round), Matt Bashore (Supplemental 1st round), Evan Crawford (9th round) and Kipp Schutz (19th round) as Hoosiers drafted this year.

All seven players still have college eligibility remaining, and have until August 17 to decide whether to sign a professional contract or return to the Hoosiers. Arnett (26th overall, Milwaukee), Phegley (38th, Chicago White Sox) and Bashore (46th, Minnesota) all went before the end of the supplemental first. IU was the only school in the country to have three players taken in the top 50.

O’Gara finished his redshirt sophomore campaign with a 3-3 record and a 5.83 ERA. The Cincinnati native showed good control in his time on the mound, surrendering just 15 walks in 46 1/3 innings of work (2.91 walks per nine innings).

The 6-foot-7 righty also drew attention when he lit up the radar guns at the Big Ten Tournament at 93 miles per hour on his fastball. Over his final six appearances, O’Gara went 1-0 with a 2.53 ERA and just two walks in 10 2/3 innings of work.

Dunning played the majority of his time for Indiana at shortstop this year, but the Giants notated him as a right-handed pitcher when they selected him. The Orange Park, Fla., native appeared in six games on the mound, striking out six batters and registering one save in seven innings of work.

The transfer from Florida Community College of Jacksonville played in 57 games in the infield for the Hoosiers, hitting .308 with 11 doubles, two triples and five home runs. His 45 RBI on the year were the third highest mark on the team. He also stole four bases for Indiana.

The seven draftees give IU 10 over the last three years. Six of the seven 2009 draftees, with Dunning the exception, were from head coach Tracy Smith’s original recruiting class that came to campus in the fall of 2006.

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  1. This article was posted under basketball, not baseball so we had difficulty finding it!

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