Jake Kelzer taken in the 22nd round by the New York Yankees

Indiana reliever Jake Kelzer was taken in the 22nd round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the New York Yankees. Kelzer is just a redshirt freshman, but he is old for his grade and will be 21 at the end of the month, which makes him eligible for the draft.

The 6-foot-7, 235-pound right hander finished 1-3 this season with a 3.13 earned run average and 44 strikeouts in 31 1/3 innings. Kelzer’s ERA was under 2.20 until a rough outing in the NCAA regional in which he gave up four runs in just 2/3 of an inning, including the regional-changing three-run home run by Stanford designated hitter Wayne Taylor. Before that hit, he had not been charged with a run since March 26.

Kelzer has significant leverage as a redshirt  freshman, so it is difficult to predict how much he will be offered in a signing bonus. He is the fifth Indiana player taken in this draft, but is the only one who is likely at all to return to the program.

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  • Jeff Born #1

    Saturday, June 7, 2014 - 7:14 PM EST

    DD, I’m surprised/thrilled that we may get to keep Luke, it appears. And there’s still a chance Kelser may stay?
    What are are our chances of keeping any of the h.s. recruits, even Ockimey, as I noted that Skip says “He … “IS” … our next Schwarber.” Otherwise, I’da thought he’d already be saying “was,” unless he’s just talking our book of optimism.

  • Dustin Dopirak #2

    Saturday, June 7, 2014 - 7:19 PM EST

    There’s very much a chance Kelzer will stay. The signing bonus in the 22nd round is only so high, and there’s a lot of logic suggesting Kelzer could go much higher if he stays a year or two.
    They appear to be in good shape with Logan Sowers. 31st round money isn’t going to be that great and he said on Twitter he would go to Indiana regardless of what happened on Saturday. As a fifth-round pick, though, Ockimey is going to get a signing bonus of at least $300,000 and he’ll also know he’s a priority player in the Red Sox system. It’s not going to be easy to convince him he should pass that up.

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