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In-state star Sharp chooses IU over the pros

The San Francisco Giants' 28th round draft pick will head to college instead of the minors

This decision is a huge win for Jeff Mercer and his staff. The addition of Sharp gets one of the best prospects in the state to Bloomington and puts an exclamation point on a recruiting class filled with potential.
Auston Matricardi

Just under two weeks after being selected in the 28th round of the MLB Draft right-handed pitcher Reese Sharp has made an announcement. The former Noblesville High School and University High School star won’t be signing a professional contract, opting instead to play for IU.

Earlier this week Sharp capped off his high school career with a historic performance, leading University to a Class A state championship by striking out a state finals record 17 batters. What could be most impressive about the feat is that the game was only seven innings, meaning that Sharp got 17 of the 21 outs in his complete game performance via the punchout.

He figures to be a big part of the future for the Hoosiers, especially with the losses of starting pitchers Pauly Milto, Tanner Gordon and Andrew Saalfrank to the draft. The incoming freshman should compete for a spot in the weekend rotation right away with a few returning players as well as fellow newcomers like Lincoln Trail College transfer Dalton Laney.