Chicago Cubs draft Jake Kelzer, Scott Effross early on Day 3 #iubase

On the final day of the MLB Amateur Draft, the Chicago Cubs displayed a fondness for Hoosier arms.

The Cubs selected former Bloomington South standout Jake Kelzer in the 14th round before swinging back and taking Scott Effross in the 15th round. Both Kelzer and Effross can return to IU next season if they do not sign with Chicago.

Kelzer, who was selected by the New York Yankees in the 22nd round in 2014, worked to a 3.95 ERA over 17 appearances in 2015, including 11 starts. Over a team-high 73 innings, the 6-foot-8 right-hander allowed 65 hits, struck out 57 and walked 31. He held opposing batters to a .237 average while flashing a fastball in the low-to-mid 90s and a tough breaking ball. Kelzer earned his first save in the first game of a doublehealder with Ohio State on May 15, striking out a career-high seven batters in three innings.He was an All-Big Ten Freshman Team selection last season. Kelzer will be eligible for the draft as long as he remains at Indiana because he turned 21 years old during his draft month in 2014.

Effross could have been a candidate to be selected during the latter rounds on Day 2. The right-hander has pitched in every role during his three seasons at Indiana, working as a starter and middle-, late-inning reliever in 2015. Effross appeared in 21 games, starting seven, while posting a 2.35 ERA. He scattered 50 hits over 61 1/3 innings, while striking out 51 and walking only nine. Opposing batters hit only .217 against the Ohio native. Effross also has a fastball that sits in the low-to-mid 90s, along with a changeup and a slider. Effross was outstanding down the stretch. Out of the bullpen in IU’s NCAA Tournament loss to No.1 Vanderbilt, Effross retired 10 of his first 12 batters and 16 of 20 for the game.

The draft runs through the 40th round on Wednesday evening. The Hoosiers have a handful of players who could possibly be taken, though right-hander Ryan Halstead and left-hander Kyle Hart remain the most likely to hear their names called on Wednesday. Iowa Western outfield transfer Alex Krupa, along with incoming freshman outfielder Luke Miller, could also be selected in the latter rounds.