Hoosier Tracker: IU Baseball

Kyle Schwarber has already hit four home runs at two different levels in the first eight games of his career. Sam Travis is finding things a little more difficult. Dustin DeMuth has a couple of early hits and Joey DeNato has made a pair of pitching performances in relief. Check out how the 2014 draft picks are doing in the minors to date. This will be a regular Saturday feature.

Two weeks ago, Kyle Schwarber, Sam Travis, Dustin DeMuth and Joey DeNato were wrapping up their college baseball careers at Indiana University.

Now, they're all playing minor league baseball.

Here is a look at how each of them has started their respective professional careers after a week of play.

Schwarber, who was the fourth pick overall in the draft by the Chicago Cubs, is tearing it up. In six games in Rookie ball at Boise, Schwarber went 12-for-20 with four home runs and 10 RBI. The start earned him a quick promotion to Class A Kane County in Geneva, Ill. In two games there, he is 3-for-6 with two RBI including a home run Friday night.

Travis, a second round pick of the Boston Red Sox, is finally the going a little bit tougher. Travis is hitting .077 after starting the season 1-for-13 playing for the Lowell (Mass.) Spinners in the New York-Penn League in Class A Short Season play.

DeMuth, a fifth round pick of the Brewers, is playing rookie league ball in Helena (Mt.) in the Pioneer League. In three games, he's hitting .231, going 3-for-13 with a pair of doubles. Both of the doubles came Thursday night.

DeNato, a 19th round pick by the Phillies, is playing for Williamsport (Pa.) in the same league as Travis. He has pitched in two games, both in relief. He has logged three innings, allowing no runs, one hit, with one walk and three strikeouts.

Check AllHoosisers.com each Saturday for an update on how the four players are doing in their first seasons of minor league baseball.

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