TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Senior Koby Kraemer inked a professional contract with the Toronto Blue Jays organization following the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft, continuing the baseball career for the Terre Haute native and South Vigo High School product.
Kraemer joins junior Sean Manaea (Kansas City Royals – Competitive Balance Round A) and senior Devin Moore (Chicago White Sox – 27th round) as members of the 2013 Indiana State baseball team that have the opportunity to continue their baseball careers at the professional level. Manaea has until mid-July to sign with the Royals or return for his senior season with the Sycamores.
Kraemer began his career at Indiana State as a two-sport athlete, playing both baseball and football beginning in 2009. After suffering a knee injury and sitting out the entire 2010 baseball season, Kraemer focused solely on the diamond from 2011-13, totaling 188 hits and a .290 batting average since his sophomore season. For his career, Kraemer totaled 201 hits, 40 doubles, 11 home runs, 112 runs batted in and 125 runs scored as a Sycamore.
A three-time First Team MVC Scholar-Athlete selection, Kraemer was also a Second Team All-MVC pick and a member of the MVC All-Defensive team this past season.
The Toronto Blue Jays also signed a member of the Sycamore baseball program as a free agent last season, adding right-handed pitcher Brandon Dorsett following the 2012 MLB Draft.
The Indiana State baseball program has sent 17 individuals onto the professional ranks since 2009 and is currently on a run of five consecutive years with multiple Sycamores being drafted, the program’s longest stretch since a seven-year run with multiple draft selections from 1983-89.
Recent Indiana State Draft Selections and Free Agent Signees
2013 – (1st round, competitive balance round A), (27th round), (free agent)
2012 – (9th round), (12th round), (free agent)
2011 – Colin Rea (12th round), Blake Drake (22nd round), Jason Van Skike (free agent), Brett Merkley (free agent)
2010 – Jacob Petricka (2nd round), Ryan Strausborger (16th round)
2009 – Nick Ciolli (10th round), Brady Shoemaker (19th round), Bronco Lafrenz (22nd round), Jacob Petricka (34th round), Eric Valdez (35th round), Michael Manus (free agent)