Schwarber selected 4th overall in Draft

Kyle Schwarber was selected fourth overall Thursday in the Major League Baseball Draft by the Chicago Cubs. Teammate Sam Travis was drafted in the second round, the 67th selection overall, by the Boston Red Sox. Read more here.

Kyle Schwarber is the highest draft pick in Indiana baseball history.

Schwarber was selected fourth overall in the first round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Thursday by the Chicago Cubs.

Teammate Sam Travis was selected in the second round, the 67th pick overall, by the Boston Red Sox.

Schwarber, one of the three finalists for the Johnny Bench Award which honors the top catcher in the nation, hit .358 for Indiana in 2014 with 14 home runs and 48 RBI. As a sophomore in 2013, he hit .366 with 18 home runs and 58 RBI.

Prior to Schwarber being picked fourth overall in the draft, the highest an Indiana player had ever been selected was eighth overall. That was in 1966 when Jim DeNeff was drafted by the California Angels with the eighth overall selection.

IU head coach Tracy Smith has now had four first round draft picks during his time in Bloomington. With Schwarber and Travis, Indiana has now had a total of seven players drafted in the first or second round of the Major League Baseball Draft. Five of those players played for Smith.

Travis, the 2014 Big Ten player of the year, hit .347 last season with 12 home runs and a team-leading 58 RBI. For his three-year IU career, he hit .327 with 31 home runs and 165 RBI.

The MLB Draft will continue on Friday.


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