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Indiana players selected in MLB Draft

Friday, June 6, 2008

By STEVE HERMAN

AP Sports Writer

It was a big day for Notre Dame, Purdue and Indiana in the major league baseball draft, and an even bigger day for tiny Indiana Wesleyan.

The New York Mets used a 14th-round selection Friday on Wesleyan pitcher Brandon Moore, who is believed to be the first player drafted out of the small NAIA school in Marion in almost 40 years.

Moore was 10-3 last season and led the Wildcats to a runner-up finish in the National Christian College Athletic Association World Series. He was the 434th player selected overall in the two-day draft. The Crawfordsville High School product led Wesleyan to a 32-24 record, striking out 131 batters in 94 innings.

Athletic director Mike Fratzke said the last player drafted out of Indiana Wesleyan -- then known as Marion College -- was believed to be pitcher Charlie Arrendale, a 20th-round selection by Pittsburgh in 1970.

Five players from Indiana high schools or colleges were taken through the first six rounds on Thursday, led by pitcher Lance Lynn of Brownsburg and the University of Mississippi, but most of the state selections came on the later rounds Friday.

The first two picks of Indiana players on Friday were by the Cincinnati Reds, who grabbed IU centerfielder Andrew Means on the 11th round and catcher Kyle Day of Fort Wayne Snider and Michigan State on the 12th round.

Means, a junior, was the 329th overall selection, the highest pick for a Hoosiers player in six years. He batted .357 and led the Big Ten with 72 runs and eight triples and finished third in the conference with 33 stolen bases.

"I'm so happy for Andrew," IU coach Tracy Smith said. "It's a great day for him and his family. Every kid dreams of playing professional sports and he's in a wonderful position to decide whether he wants to return to IU or further his career at the professional level."

On the 14th round, six picks after Moore was taken by the Mets, the New York Yankees selected Notre Dame pitcher David Phelps. His Irish teammates Wade Korpi, Samuel Elam and Brett Graffy, all pitchers, were taken by Florida on the 20th round, Colorado on the 23rd round and the Chicago White Sox on the 24th round, respectively.

Alex Meyer, a 6-foot-7 pitcher at Greensburg High School, was selected on the 20th round, the 622nd overall pick, by Boston. He was the first Indiana player drafted this year right out of high school. Pitcher Blake Monar, who led South Spencer to the Class 2A state championship last year, was picked on the 26th round, the 800th overall selection, by the Yankees.

Meyer was listed as "extremely projectable" in a scouting report on the Major League Baseball Web site. The report said he is one of the best examples "of a high-risk, high-reward prospect" in this year's draft.

The Yankees also selected pitcher Brandon Braboy of the University of Indianapolis on the 18th round.

Among other players selected Friday were Purdue pitcher Andy Loomis by Florida on the 16th round, and Ball State shortstop Dean Anna by San Diego on the 26th round.

By The Associated Press

Thursday

Comp A Round

39. St. Louis, Lance Lynn, RHP, Brownsburg HS and Mississippi

Second Round

61. LA Dodgers, Josh Lindblom, RHP, Lafayette Harrison HS and Purdue

Third Round

108. Boston, Kyle Weiland, RHP, Notre Dame

Fourth Round

138. Arizona, Ryne White, OF, Purdue

Sixth Round

198. Arizona, Justin Parker, SS, Ft. Wayne Wayne HS and Wright St.

Friday

11th Round

329. Cincinnati, Andrew Means, CF, Indiana

12th Round

359. Cincinnati, Kyle Day, C, Ft. Wayne Snider HS and Michigan St.

14th Round

434. NY Mets, Brandon Moore, RHP, Crawfordsville HS and Indiana Wesleyan

440. NY Yankees, David Phelps, RHP, Notre Dame

16th Round

478. Florida, Andy Loomis, LHP, Hammond Noll HS and Purdue

18th Round

560. NY Yankees, Brandon Braboy, RHP, Indianapolis

20th Round

598. Florida, Wade Korpi, LHP, Notre Dame

606. Minnesota, Aaron Barrett, RHP, Evansville Central HS and Wabash Valley College

622. Boston, Alex Meyer, RHP, Greensburg HS

23rd Round

707. Colorado, Samuel Elam, LHP, Notre Dame

24th Round

720. Chicago White Sox, Brett Graffy, RHP, Notre Dame

26th Round

795. San Diego, Dean Anna, SS, Ball St.

800. NY Yankees, Blake Monar, LHP, South Spencer HS

29th Round

875. St. Louis, Brett Lilley, 2B, Notre Dame



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