BLOOMINGTON – His season may have come to a difficult end, but things are looking up for Kyle Schwarber.
The Indiana catcher, who watched a dream Hoosiers’ season end on Monday night when Stanford hit a homer in the 9th to win their NCAA Regional Elimination Game 5-4, got a jolt of positivity when he was selected fourth overall by the Chicago Cubs in the 2014 MLB Entry Draft on Thursday night.
Schwarber became the highest pick in the history of Indiana baseball and now joins a rebuilding Cubs team led by President Theo Epstein and General Manager Jed Hoyer.
Indiana baseball was also represented in the second round as first baseman Sam Travis was selected in the second round by the Boston Red Sox with the 67th overall pick.
Schwarber was one of the featured players on an Indiana baseball team that was arguably the best in school and perhaps Big Ten history despite an early exit from the postseason. The catcher batted .358 with 14 homers and 48 runs batted in while also sporting a slugging percentage of .659.
Travis was nearly as strong as he batted .347 with 12 homers and 58 RBI en route to being named the Big Ten’s Most Valuable Player for 2014. He and Schwarber’s efforts helped the Hoosiers’ to a 44-15 overall record along with a conference regular season and tournament title.
Indiana was selected as the fourth overall seed for the NCAA Tournament-the first time a Big Ten team earned such a distinction. The MLB Draft continues on Friday and Saturday.