Hoosier Tracker: IU Baseball

All the talk has focused on Kyle Schwarber but Dustin DeMuth is on a tear of his own in rookie ball in Helena, Mont. In the last seven games, DeMuth has at least two hits in each game. Check out how the four former IU players drafted a few weeks ago are faring early in their minor league careers.

A few 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 two weeks of play.

DeMuth, a fifth round pick of the Brewers, may be the hottest former IU player at the moment. So much of the attention has been on Schwarber for good reason but DeMuth is red hot. He is now hitting .459 in his nine games in rookie ball for Helena (Mt.) in the Pioneer League. In the last seven games, DeMuth has had at least two hits in every game. Overall, he is 17-for-37 with three doubles, a triple and four RBI.

Schwarber, who was the fourth pick overall in the draft by the Chicago Cubs, continues to tear 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 eight games there, he is hitting an even .400 despite an 0-for-3 line on Friday night. He is 10-for-25 with three doubles, two home runs and four RBI.

Travis, a second round pick of the Boston Red Sox, finally picked up his first home run of his minor league career Friday night against the Vermont Lake Monsters. He was 3-for-5 in that game with a double, home run and two RBI. He is hitting .229 and is 8-for-35 at the plate early in his career.

DeNato, a 19th round pick by the Phillies, is playing for Williamsport (Pa.) in the same league as Travis. He has pitched in four games, all in relief. He has a 5.40 ERA in five innings pitched but all of that came in one relief appearance on June 22 at Jamestown. He threw one inning in that game and gave up three earned runs on two hits. In four appearances overall, he has seven strikeouts and three walks.

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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