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IU baseball loses two more players to transfer

After one year in Bloomington both Jeff Holtz and Michael Dunkelberger have decided to play junior college baseball next season

These transfers bring the known total for this offseason up to four players leaving the program.
Auston Matricardi

On Tuesday a pair of baseball players shared that they have transferred from IU.

Catcher Jeff Holtz posted on both Twitter and Instagram that he’ll play for Madison College next season, saying:

“Truly grateful for the opportunity and experience that Indiana University has given me. I thank Coach Mercer and his staff for this year and Coach Lemonis for recruiting me as a young kid. With that said after talking to my family and friends I am transferring to Madison College this fall to continue my baseball career. Can’t wait to see what is in store!”

In his lone season as a Hoosier, Holtz mainly served as the bullpen catcher, sitting behind seniors Ryan Fineman and Wyatt Cross. Coming out of high school he was ranked as the second-best catcher and fourth-best player overall in the state of Wisconsin. In 2020 he was expected to be in the mix to start behind the plate, competing with incoming freshman Brant Voth and transfer Hunter Combs. In transferring to Madison he returns to his home state. He’ll play for the program that produced former Hoosiers Tony Butler and Cade Bunnell.

Left-handed pitcher Michael Dunkelberger will also be leaving IU. The Indiana native changed his bios on social media to include “KVCC” with a baseball emoji indicating that he’ll play at Kalamazoo Valley Community College moving forward. Similar to Holtz, he was one the roster for the Hoosiers in 2019 but didn’t see the field. He was rated has the fifth-best southpaw out of Indiana following a dominant career at South Bend St. Joseph’s HS. In his final two years at the school he combined for a 20-4 record with 332 strikeouts. He pitched to a 2.10 earned run average as a junior and posted a 1.52 mark as a senior. He helped the Indians to a state championship in his junior year.

Dunkelberger was recently selected to play in the Northwoods League All Star Game. He’s posted a 4-0 record and a 2.19 ERA in eight starts for the Kalamazoo Growlers this summer. He’s also struck out 31 batters in just under 29 innings.

Now there are four players that have transferred out of Bloomington this offseason. Earlier this summer shortstop Justin Walker announced that he will play for Purdue moving forward and outfielder Sam Crail left the program as well.