Jake Kelzer will return for junior season #iubase

After losing two pitchers and an incoming recruit to last month’s MLB Amateur Draft, Indiana is assured to welcome back at least one member of this year’s draft class.

Right-hander Jake Kelzer tweeted Tuesday afternoon that he intends to return to IU for his junior season next spring. Kelzer, who was drafted in the 14th round by the Chicago Cubs, had until Friday to make his decision. His return comes a week after pitchers Christian Morris (New York Yankees) and Scott Effross (Chicago Cubs) chose to sign professional contracts.

Kelzer had the most negotiating leverage of the six current Hoosiers selected. Because he turned 21 during his freshman season, Kelzer will be available for the draft as long as he remains at IU. He was selected in the 22nd round by the Yankees in 2014.

The former Bloomington South star led Indiana with 73 innings pitched and was second with 11 starts and 57 strikeouts. He served both as a starter and as a reliever in 2015, posting an opponent batting average of .237, which ranked him 10th in the Big Ten. During the final weekend series of the regular season, Kelzer struck out a career-high seven Ohio State batters on May 15 while allowing only one hit over three scoreless innings of relief to earn his only save of the year.

Indiana is still waiting on incoming junior college outfielder Alex Krupa, who was selected in the 35th round by the Cincinnati Reds. He, too, has until Friday to make his decision. Another incoming junior college prospect, Travis Herrin, signed with the Los Angeles Angels last month and will not attend Indiana.