Each week, TheHoosier.com will be checking in to see how former IU athletes are doing in the pros. This week, we've got updates from Major League Baseball (MLB), Minor League Baseball and the NBA.
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• Former IU catcher Kyle Schwarber hit .286 with one home run and one RBI for the Chicago Cubs in a loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, a win over the Pittsburgh Pirates and back-to-back losses to the Pirates. Schwarber was recalled from Triple-A Des Moines by Chicago on July 6.
• Former IU catcher Josh Phegley was put on paternity leave July 5 by the Oakland Athletics and returned on July 8. Phegley and his wife, Jessica, welcomed a baby boy named Calvin James Phegley into the world at 12:56 a.m. on July 5, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
• Former IU infielder Micah Johnson remains on the Atlanta Braves' 60-day disabled list after being placed there May 8. Johnson has yet to play for Atlanta this season after fracturing his left wrist in the preseason. He was initially placed on the 10-day disabled list on April 2.
Minor League Baseball
• Former IU first baseman Kevin Mahar, now the bench coach for the Dayton Dragons, the Class A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, has helped the Dragons to a 47-42 overall record and third place in the Midwest League Eastern Division Standings. Mahar was an All-Big Ten honoree his senior year as an outfielder, played for the Texas Rangers and the Phillies and made it to the majors in 2007.
• Former IU pitcher Christian Morris allowed one earned run off two hits in 3 2/3 combined innings of relief work for the Staten Island Yankees - the Class A Short Season affiliate of the New York Yankees - in a 6-5 win over the Hudson Valley Renegades on July 4 and a 4-2 loss to the Brooklyn Cyclones on July 8.
• Former IU pitcher Scott Effross tossed four strikeouts, allowing three earned runs off five hits in 5 1/3 combined innings - two of relief and 3 1/3 as a starter - for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans - the Advanced-Class A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs - in an 3-0 loss to the Buies Creek Astros on July 6 and 10-7 win over the Frederick Keys on July 10.
• Former IU pitcher Ryan Halstead threw 1 2/3 combined scoreless innings of relief with one strikeout and one hit allowed for the Richmond Flying Squirrels - the Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants - in a 5-4 loss to the Bowie Baysox on July 7 and a 6-3 loss to the Baysox on July 9.
• Former IU third baseman Dustin DeMuth hit .240 with two home runs and four RBI for the Bixoli Shuckers - the Double-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers - in a 1-3 series loss to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos and a loss to and win over the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.
• Former IU pitcher Kyle Hart threw four scoreless innings, including two strikeouts and just one hit allowed, in four innings of relief work for the Greenville Drive - the Class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox - in a 6-5 win over the Lexington Legends on July 9. Hart picked up his third win of the season as a result, improving his record to 3-2 overall.
• Former IU pitcher Caleb Baragar allowed three earned runs off six hits with three walks and two strikeouts in Augusta Green Jackets - the Class A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants - in a 7-2 loss to the Asheville Tourists on July 7.
• Former IU pitcher Jake Kelzer was promoted from the Williamsport Crosscutters - the Class A Short Season affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies - to the Class A affiliate Lakewood BlueClaws on July 5. Kelzer threw four strikeouts with just one walk in three combined innings of relief for the BlueClaws in a loss to the Delmarva Shorebirds on July 5 and a 4-0 win over the Greensboro Grasshoppers on July 9.
• Former IU outfielder Craig Dedelow hit .444 with two home runs and five RBI for the Great Falls Voyagers - the Class A Short Season affiliate of the Chicago White Sox - in a 1-3 series loss to the Missoula Osprey and a 2-1 series win over the Billings Mustangs.
• Former IU forward Troy Williams, now with the Houston Rockets,currently boasts the fourth-highest scoring average among all players in the Las Vegas NBA Summer League at 25.7 points per game.
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