Former Iowa pitcher and current BTN analyst Cal Eldred knows what it takes to make it in the MLB. Eldred, the No. 17 pick in the 1989 draft, spent 14 seasons in the bigs. So, with the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft in the books, we asked our analyst for his thoughts on the Big Ten’s 21 draft picks. Hear Eldred’s thoughts in this post.
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Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber was taken with the fourth pick in the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft on Thursday night. The selection marks the highest in Indiana program history, according to @IUBaseballNews. Schwarber’s teammate and Big Ten Player of the Year Sam Travis was also taken Thursday, going in Round 2 (No. 67) to Boston.
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Sam Travis is one of the Big Ten’s best baseball players. He’ll be an early pick in this week’s MLB First-Year Player of the Draft. Clearly, the 2014 Big Ten Player of the Year knows how to motivate himself. You can’t have the success he’s had in baseball without that ability to learn from disappointments.
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Indiana’s 2014 baseball season came to a close on Monday night as Stanford’s Tommy Edman hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to lead the Cardinal to a 5-4 come-from-behind win over the Hoosiers in a NCAA Regional championship game.
Stanford scored three runs in the eighth inning, and then three more in the ninth to get past Indiana, 10-7, in a NCAA Regional game at Bart Kaufman Field. The two teams will meet again on Monday at 5:35 p.m. ET in a winner-take-all game to determine the NCAA Bloomington Regional champion.
Nebraska’s 2014 baseball season came to a close on Sunday with a 4-3 loss to Cal State Fullerton in a NCAA Regional game. The Huskers finished this season with a final record of 41-21. With the loss, Indiana is the only Big Ten team remaining in the NCAA Tournament. The Hoosiers are currently taking on Stanford with a chance to advance to the Super Regionals.