Squires drafted by Florida Marlins

Chris Squires spent all three days of last year’s Major League Baseball draft waiting for his name to pop up on the ticker and it never happened. This year, he patiently waited through two days and more than 1,000 names and he still wasn’t taken.

But finally, with pick No. 1127, the Florida Marlins made Squires their 37th round pick.

“It’s a lot of weight lifted from my shoulders,” Squires said. “Finally, everything I’ve done over the past couple of years has paid off and I can get my start in pro ball.  I got nervous as the rounds were getting higher. But when it happened, it was a whole bunch of weight off my shoulders.”

Squires holds Indiana record for saves in a career (20) and single season. The long-armed 6-foot-2, 195-pound right-hander finished tied for the team lead in strikeouts with 67.

Squires was the third Indiana player taken in the draft. Shortstop Ethan Wilson and right fielder Michael Earley were taken by the Chicago White Sox in the 25th and 29th round respectively on Tuesday. Wilson, a redshirt sophomore, was somewhat of a surprise pick. He has bargaining leverage and can still return to school if he wants to. However, he says if he gets a good offer, he will probably sign, in part because of his previous injury problems.

“You don’t want to think negative, but you’ve gotta be real and look at my past,” Wilson said. “Plus, I want the option to get into professional baseball young because it allows you to be around longer.”

None of the three players have receiving signing bonus offers yet.

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