Hoosier Tracker: Indiana Baseball

Here is our weekly look at how Kyle Schwarber, Dustin DeMuth, Sam Travis and Joey DeNato are faring in the minor leagues this summer.

A few months 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.

Schwarber, the fourth pick overall in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Chicago Cubs, is now with his third minor league team in two months and he’s hitting .345 overall at all of his stops. Schwarber started in Rookie Ball at Boise by going 12-for-20 with four home runs and 10 RBI. That start earned him a quick promotion to Class A Kane County in Geneva, Ill. At Kane County, Schwarber played in 23 games. He hit .361 with eight doubles, no triples, four home runs and 15 RBI.

Then on July 16, the former Indiana University All-American was promoted to Class A Advanced level baseball in the Florida State League where he is playing for the Daytona Cubs. Schwarber’s tear has slowed down a bit in Daytona. In 22 games, he is hitting .257 (19-of-74) with two doubles, no triples, three home runs and 14 RBI. Overall in 50 games in the minors, Schwarber is hitting .345 with 11 doubles, one triple, 11 home runs and 39 RBI.

DeMuth, a fifth round pick of the Brewers, started out playing rookie league ball in Helena (Mt.) in the Pioneer League. He played in 15 games, hit .403 (25-of-62) with three doubles, one triple, one home run and six RBI. On July 6, he was called up to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers of the Class A Midwest League. Through Friday, DeMuth has played in 19 games with the Timber Rattlers and is hitting .182 with three doubles, two triples, no home runs and 11 RBI.

Travis, a second round pick of the Boston Red Sox, bounced back from a tough start with the Lowell (Mass.) Spinners in the New York-Penn League in Class A Short Season play. He started 1-for-13 at the plate. Through 40 games, he ended up hitting .333 (55-of-165) with five doubles, one triple, four home runs and 30 RBI.

On Aug. 2, Travis was promoted to the Greenville Drive of the Class A South Atlantic League. In seven games there, he is hitting .393 with four doubles and three RBI. In 47 games overall in the minors. Travis is hitting .342 with nine doubles, one triple, four home runs and 33 RBI.

DeNato, a 19th round pick by the Phillies, started out playing for Williamsport (Pa.) in the same league as Travis. He pitched eight games with a 3.18 ERA and had a 2-0 record. On July 13, he was moved to the Lakewood Blue Claws in the Class A South Atlantic League. There, he has appeared in eight games and has a 1-1 record with a 1.17 ERA in 15 and a third innings pitched. Overall in the minors, he has made 16 appearances and is 3-1 with a 2.03 ERA.

Check AllHoosisers.com each Saturday for an update on how the these three plus Schwarber are doing in their first seasons of minor league baseball.

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