All four Indiana Hoosiers who were picked in the 2018 MLB draft have signed with their respective teams.
Outfielder Logan Sowers (28thRound, Chicago White Sox) was the only senior out of the group while right-handed pitcher Jonathan Stiever (5thRound ,Chicago White Sox), third baseman Luke Miller (22ndRound, Philadelphia Phillies) and left-handed pitcher Tim Herrin (29thRound, Cleveland Indians) will all forego their senior seasons at Indiana.
Stiever was the highest Hoosier selected in the MLB draft since Kyle Schwarber (Round 1, Pick 4) in 2014 and the first pitcher to be drafted in the top five rounds since 2013 (Aaron Slegers, Round 5, Minnesota).
After leading the Big Ten in strikeouts with 97, and strikeouts looking with 37 in 100.1 innings thrown this year, Stiever received a $386,000 signing bonus from the White Sox.
5th-rder Jonathan Stiever signs w/@WhiteSox for $386,800 (full pick 138 value). Indiana RHP, low 90s to 96 w/fastball, advanced feel for spike curveball, avg changeup, athletic, throws a lot of strikes. @MLBDraft
— Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) June 12, 2018
He has been assigned to the Great Falls Voyagers, the White Sox advanced rookie affiliate, who began its season Friday June 15.
Sowers is also joining Stiever at advanced rookie ball in Great Falls. Sowers made his debut Friday night for the Voyagers, starting in left field and hitting sixth in the lineup.
He went 0-for-3 with a walk, run scored and a strikeout in his first professional game. Great Falls is also where former Hoosier outfielder Craig Dedelow started after he was drafted a season ago.
— Great Falls Voyagers (@gfvoyagers) June 15, 2018
Dedelow hit .321 with 12 home runs and 54 RBI’s in 60 games at advanced rookie ball and is now in Single-A this season with the Kannapolis Intimidators.
Miller, the 22ndround pick by the Phillies, received a signing bonus of $100,000. He hit .309 with 13 home runs and 34 RBI’s in 47 games during his junior season.
The Indiana third baseman is very versatile in the field and according to this report by philly.com, Miller was signed as an outfielder.
This doesn’t come as a surprise after the Phillies drafted third baseman Alec Bohm out of Wichita State third overall and two other third basemen in the 18thand 20throunds.
Indiana takes the lead!
— The Hoosier Network (@TheHoosierNet) June 4, 2018
Miller has not yet been assigned to a minor league club in the Phillies organization, but could head to the Williamsport Crosscutters, Philadelphia’s rookie ball affiliate.
Herrin, the 29thround pick by the Indians, had a breakout junior season at Indiana, leading to him being drafted for the first time ever.
In 17 appearances, Herrin made 10 starts and pitched to a 3.22 ERA in 64.1 innings with 39 strikeouts.
Herrin has not been assigned to a minor league club yet either in the Indians organization but could be headed to the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, Cleveland’s rookie ball affiliate.