BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana Baseball's Micah Johnson and Chad Martin were both picked in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft on Tuesday (June 5). Johnson was chosen by the south-side Chicago White Sox in the ninth round (291st overall) while the north-side Chicago Cubs drafted Martin in the 10th round (314th overall).
The Hoosier duo, selected just 23 picks apart, become the 13th and 14th IU players to be drafted in the last four years. In seven seasons at Indiana, Head Coach Tracy Smith has now mentored 17 Hoosiers into the MLB Draft.
Johnson has the rare combination of speed and power, evidenced by his 15 career homeruns and 32 stolen bases in two and a half seasons donning the Cream and Crimson. The Indianapolis native has added 33 doubles, drove in 86 runs and legged out nine triples as well for the Hoosiers. He was a preseason All-America selection by Louisville Slugger prior to the 2012 season before undergoing elbow surgery which limited him to just 24 games.
Martin came to Bloomington after two seasons playing for Vincennes University. He logged 139 innings in 36 appearances, including 17 starts, as a Hoosier. His .255 batting average against as a junior ranked sixth-best in the Big Ten Conference. Martin's 96-mph fastball and six-foot-seven frame caught the eye of Cubs GM Theo Epstein at a recent workout.
The White Sox have drafted seven Hoosiers all-time, tied for the second most of any MLB club (Texas has taken nine IU players). Former teammates Ethan Wilson and Michael Earley each became members of the White Sox organization in 2010; and former IU catcher Josh Phegley is currently playing for the Sox's Triple-AAA affiliate Charlotte (drafted by Chicago in the '09 first round).
The Cubs are no stranger to IU Baseball either, matching the White Sox with seven Hoosiers drafted. It hadn't happened since 1995, however, when they drafted Brian Greene in the 26th round.