Kansas Junior Heere Selected by Cleveland Indians

June 9, 2010

LAWRENCE, Kan. –

Kansas junior center fielder Brian Heere has been selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 41st round of the Major League Baseball first-year player draft with the 1,230th overall pick.

Heere becomes the sixth Jayhawk selected in this year’s draft, and the third position player taken from KU. Earlier in the draft, Heere’s teammates Tony Thompson (sixth round, Oakland), Robby Price (13th round, Tampa Bay), Brett Bochy (20th round, San Francisco), Cameron Selik (22nd round, Washington) and Travis Blankenship (31st round, Houston) were selected.

Heere, a junior from Lawrence, Kan., led the Jayhawks with a .393 batting average this season with 13 doubles, six homers and 52 RBIs in 59 games. Heere finished the season ranked fourth in the Big 12 in batting average (.393), fourth in base hits (92), eighth in runs scored (59), ninth in total bases (128) and seventh in on-base percentage (.470). He had an 18-game hitting streak during the month of May, and was one of two Jayhawks to be named First Team All-Big 12 this season.

The junior has been one of KU’s top hitters the last two seasons, sporting a career batting average of .373, which ranks second in KU history. He has also been the first two-time All-Big 12 selection since Jared Schweitzer in 2005-06.

As a drafted junior, Heere can sign a contract with the Indians’ organization or opt to return to Kansas for his senior season.

The MLB draft will wrap up following the 50th round on Wednesday.