Pitcher Effross to join Cubs, leave IU

Indiana junior pitcher Scott Effross announced his intentions to forgo his final season of eligibility with the Hoosiers to pursue a professional baseball career on Saturday night via Twitter.

Effross, who was selected in the 15th round of the Major League Baseball Draft earlier this month, revealed his plans in a pair of tweets.

“Would not be the person I am today without the opportunities given to me by IU or Indiana Baseball. Forever grateful and indebted,” he tweeted first.

“With that said, I am extremely excited to begin my professional baseball career as a Chicago Cub #GoCubsGo #FEWSIC,” the 6-foot-2 right-hander then tweeted.

Effross was primarily a reliever during his IU career, finishing with a 2.27 ERA in 81 appearances and just eight starts, seven of those during the 2015 season. He posted a 15-8 record with 12 saves, striking out 125 in 178 2/3 innings.

Effross joins JUCO signee Travis Herrin in opting for professional baseball. IU junior pitchers Jake Kelzer and Christian Morris have yet to announce a decision and likewise for JUCO signee Alex Krupa.