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Baseball's Ryan Fineman signs with Tampa Bay Rays



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Senior catcher Ryan Fineman returns to the dugout after hitting a home run in the sixth inning against Canisius College on March 17 at Bart Kaufman Field. The Hoosiers will take on Indiana State on March 19. Sam House Buy Photos

Former IU baseball player Ryan Fineman has become the second Hoosier to sign a deal with an MLB team.

After Matt Gorski officially signed a deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates after being drafted by them, Fineman announced Wednesday he would be signing as a free agent to the Tampa Bay Rays.

He will most likely be assigned to one of the Rays' minor league affiliates — the Princeton Rays, Gulf Coast Rays or Hudson Valley Renegades — to start his career.

Hailing from Westlake Village, California, Fineman started all four years for IU. Fineman made the Big Ten All-Freshman team in his first year for the Hoosiers.

This past season, Fineman recorded a career-high 17 putouts against Michigan. Although Fineman didn't play as much due to injuries, he still recorded 29 RBIs and 26 runs in 142 at-bats, totaling a .218 batting average.

Junior year was Fineman’s best year with a .284 batting average, 37 RBIs and seven home runs. He also recorded 395 putouts and a .993 fielding percentage.

Fineman now becomes the 11th Hoosier this year to get drafted by or sign a deal with a professional team.

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