How former IU baseball players are faring in the pros

Recently, they were Hoosiers.

Now, several former Indiana players are continuing their baseball careers in the affiliated ranks across the country.

Here’s how former Hoosiers are progressing in professional baseball:

Kyle Schwarber, Chicago Cubs:
What a difference a year has made for the former Hoosier slugger. A little more than a year ago, Schwarber was demoted to Triple-A. Now, he’s second on the team with 15 home runs. He hit a go-ahead two-run homer on Friday night, a solo homer on June 20 and a game-tying homer in the second game of the Cubs’ June 19 doubleheader. Schwarber has also gotten defensive this summer. His eight outfield assists lead the National League and are one off the major league lead.

Josh Phegley, Oakland Athletics: Phegley was recalled from Triple-A Nashville on June 5 and is 5-for-19 (.263) with a home run in six games with the A’s. It’s the second call-up this season for Phegley, who also appeared in two games for Oakland in May. In the minors, the former IU catcher combined for a .230 average with three homers and 19 RBIs in 38 games with Nashville and Single-A Stockton.

Alex Dickerson, San Diego Padres: Dickerson is missing his second consecutive season after undergoing Tommy John surgery during spring training. Last season, a bulging disc shelved Dickerson for the year. The hope is that Dickerson will be ready for spring training in 2019.

Sam Travis, Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox):
Travis appeared in four games for the parent club earlier this season, collecting two hits in 12 at-bats. In the 13 games since he was optioned back to Pawtucket on June 11, Travis has gone 10-for-49 (.204) with two runs, a double, two RBIs and 11 strikeouts. Travis led Boston with six home runs and 17 RBIs in spring training.

Aaron Slegers, Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins): Slegers has made 13 starts for the Red Wings this season, working to a 3.36 ERA and a .265 opponent batting average in the International League. The right-hander, who made his big league debut last summer, made a spot start for the Twins last month. He worked 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on six hits while taking a no-decision against Kansas City on May 30.

Micah Johnson, Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays): In 39 games for Durham, Johnson is batting .197 with a home run, eight doubles and 13 RBIs. Johnson is currently on the seven-day disabled list and hasn’t played for the bulls since June 15. Prior to going on the DL, Johnson had hit safely in five consecutive games, batting .533 during that span.

Ryan Halstead, Richmond Flying Squirrels (San Francisco Giants):
The former IU reliever was transferred from Triple-A on Tuesday after a month-long stint on Sacramento’s roster. Halstead made three appearances in Triple-A, yielding nine runs (five earned) on nine hits across 3 2/3 innings. For Richmond, Halstead has worked to a 2.14 ERA in 13 total appearances out of the bullpen. In his first game back with the Flying Squirrels on Tuesday, Halstead struck out two in his only inning of work.

Scott Effross, Tennessee Smokies (Chicago Cubs): In his first season above High-A, Effross has a 5.54 ERA and a .329 opposing batting average. He’s worked 37 1/3 innings out of the bullpen, notching one save, striking out 36 and allowing 50 hits.

Kyle Hart, Portland Sea Dogs (Boston Red Sox): Hart has enjoyed a solid first season in Double-A, working to a 3.72 ERA across 13 starts in the Eastern League. Prior to allowing a combined 13 earned runs across his past two outings, Hart enjoyed a seven-start span that saw him notch four victories and post a 1.37 ERA.

Caleb Baragar, Augusta GreenJackets (San Francisco Giants):
Baragar has pitched at three levels this season, including two relief appearances in Triple-A. The left-hander has a 5.22 ERA across all three levels after having allowed 17 earned runs on 34 hits spanning 29 1/3 innings. He’s struck out 28 batters, while walking eight.

Craig Dedelow, Kannapolis Intimidators (Chicago White Sox): Dedelow earned a trip to the South Atlantic League All-Star game earlier this month. He leads Kannapolis in doubles (19), triples (five) and is second with 35 RBIs. It’s the second consecutive all-star campaign in as many professional seasons for Dedelow, who was also selected to last year’s Pioneer vs. Northwest League All-Star Game.

Christian Morris, Staten Island Yankees (New York Yankees):
During his past three relief outings for Staten Island, Morris has struck out 11 while allowing three hits in 6 2/3 scoreless innings. Earlier this season, Morris worked to a 12.27 ERA in six relief appearances for the High-A Tampa Yankees.

Jonathan Stiever, Great Falls Voyagers (Chicago White Sox):
In a pair of three-inning starts so far this month, Stiever has yet to allow a run or a hit, while striking out 12 and walking merely two.

Logan Sowers, Great Falls Voyagers (Chicago White Sox): Sowers leads the Voyagers in batting (.375), home runs (two) and RBIs (seven). The former IU slugger has hit safely in each of his last 10 games, going 14-for-33 (.424) during that span.

Luke Miller, Gulf Coast League Phillies (Philadelphia Phillies): Miller posted hits in each of his first four professional games, starting his career by going 7-for-14 with a home run and four RBIs. He has not played in a week, but remains on the active roster.

Tim Herrin, Arizona League Indians 1 (Cleveland Indians): Across his first two relief appearances, Herrin has worked two scoreless innings.


  1. This information demonstrates just how difficult it is to make it to and stay in Major League baseball. While I wish all these guys the best of luck, it looks like only a couple, besides Kyle Schwarber, have a chance to “make it” in major league baseball.

  2. I don’t follow MLB much at all so I don’t know who is known and who is an afterthought but I used to coach a kid named Cameron Maybin. He got to the majors quickly and, the first time I saw him play, he took Roger Clemmons over the centerfield wall at Yankee Stadium.

    We thought he was a can’t miss guy but he has had hot and cold years. It a weird sport. Trying harder sometimes makes things worse.

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