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Mariners pick Cole Barr in 37th round of MLB Draft

The Hoosier slugger heard his name called on Wednesday as a draft-eligible sophomore

Barr tied with teammate Matt Lloyd, who was selected in the 15th round by Cincinnati, for the Big Ten lead in home runs.
Auston Matricardi

Another member of the high-powered IU lineup has been selected in the MLB Draft. Third baseman Cole Barr, a draft-eligible sophomore, was picked in the 37th round by the Seattle Mariners.

Barr became a three true outcomes type of player in his first season as a starter. He tied for first in the Big Ten in home runs with 17, but he also struck out 84 times. He also drew 36 walks and drove in 51 runs in the middle of the Hoosier lineup.

His main tool is his tantalizing power, but there should be concerns about his strikeout numbers. He also developed as a fielder over the course of the 2019 season, eventually becoming a plus glove at the hot corner.

Barr still has two years of eligibility left. The Mariners will retain his rights until 11:59 p.m. on August 15, 2019 or until he returns to school full-time.