For the third straight season, the Indiana baseball program heard at least one of its student-athletes names called within the first 10 rounds of the draft.
Senior Phillip Glasser and redshirt senior Craig Yoho were each selected in the 2023 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft on Monday (July 10).
With the two selections, Indiana has had 105 Hoosiers drafted all-time for a total of 116 total draft picks.
Yoho was the third Hoosier to be picked by the Brewers in program history, while Glasser is the third IU pick by the Nationals all time. The duo gives head coach Jeff Mercer eight student-athlete selected in the top-10 rounds of the MLB Draft over four seasons.
For the fifth time in the last six seasons, Indiana has had a pitcher drafted in the top 10 rounds. Overall, IU has had multiple Hoosiers drafted for the 15th time in the last 16 MLB Drafts. With Yoho’s selection, 12 of the 21 draft picks under Mercer have been pitchers.
After four injury-plagued seasons to begin his collegiate career, a position change led to a breakout season for Yoho. With 1,082 days between collegiate appearances, Yoho made his IU debut on February 21 with two scoreless innings and five strikeouts against Miami (Ohio) and went on to 37 innings with just 33 hits allowed and 63 strikeouts. He was named the 2022-23 Indiana Athletics Andy Hipskind Comeback Award winner.
In 18 appearances in relief, the right-hander collected four wins, one hold and one save on the year. Two of his three wins came in Big Ten play, while his save was part of a combined shutout at Northwestern (5/5) in the series opener. He did not allow a run of his own in 10 of 18 appearances and stranded seven of 13 inherited runners. Limiting the free bases was a big part of his success, as he issued two-or-fewer walks in all 18 appearances, with zero walks in six outings. He also struck out five-or-more batters in six relief outings and struck out at least one batter in 17 of 18 appearances.
Glasser is the first IU shortstop drafted since Ethan Wilson in 2010 and the highest drafted shortstop for the Hoosiers since Brian Harris was picked in the eighth round in 1997. He appeared in 228 career games with 225 starts in his five-year collegiate career, with 110 of those starts at shortstop in two seasons at Indiana.
A career-year at the plate led to second-team All-Midwest Region honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association and second-team All-Big Ten accolades. His 70 runs scored are tied for No. 7 on the single season charts with Mickey Morandini (1988) and his 95 hits rank tied for No. 5 on the single season list with Jerrud Sabourin (2010). The left-handed hitter owned three 20-plus game reached base streaks in his Indiana career, including a career-long streak of 45 games which spanned Feb. 17-April 30, 2023, which tied the longest by an IU hitter since at least 2005 (Dustin DeMuth; 2014).
He reached base safely in 61 of 63 games and reached base multiple times on 41 occasions. With a hit in in 49 of 63 games, his season-best hitting streak spanned 13 games from April 11-April 30. He posted 32 multi-hit games, 10 multi-RBI games and 19 multi-run scored games on the year and hit .300 or better in 10 of 14 regular season weekend series played, including five of eight Big Ten weekends.
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