The B1G Baseball beat: Duchene deals, Goebbert returns home, Schwarber at home?

Padre Jake Goebbert, a Northwestern Wildcat 2006-09, returns to Chicago this week

San Diego Padre Jake Goebbert, a Northwestern Wildcat 2006-09, returns to Chicago this week (USA Today)

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Phegley, Plawecki and Schwarber: Who had the best college career?

A two-time All-American, how did the career of Kyle Schwarber compare to fellow Big Ten catchers drafted in the first round.

A two-time All-American, how did the career of Kyle Schwarber compare to fellow Big Ten catchers drafted in the first round.

When the Chicago Cubs selected Indiana University catcher Kyle Schwarber, Big Ten fans knew that the Cubbies were getting a kid who could hit. When Schwarber started terrorizing minor league pitching, the prospecting world understood what opposing Big Ten coaches and pitchers had known for the last three years: Schwarber’s bat is scary good.

Schwarber was the third Big Ten catcher in the last five years to be drafted in the first round, Indiana’s Josh Phelgey in 2009 and Purdue’s Kevin Plawecki in 2012 preceded the Cub farmhand.

With Schwarber receiving his second minor league promotion, Phegley already spending time in the bigs and Plawecki coming off a Futures Game appearance, it’s an opportune time to look back and compare the collegiate careers of the three former Big Ten standouts.

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The B1G Baseball beat: The weekend in tweets

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Big Ten in the Northwoods update

Illini litter the Northwoods League with 13 players.

Illini litter the Northwoods League with 13 players in the upper-Midwest summer league.

As Major League Baseball hits its de facto midpoint, collegiate summer baseball continues to roll. The Big Ten is heavily represented with 43 players in one of the top leagues in the country: the Northwoods League. The Northwoods stretches across the northern Midwest, making it an easy destination for a lot of B1G athletes.

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The B1G Baseball beat: OSU’s Dawson makes mark, Two-sport recruit picks Nebraska

A freshman All-American, Ohio State outfielder Ronnie Dawson continues a strong year in the Prospect League

A freshman All-American, Ohio State outfielder Ronnie Dawson continues a strong year in the Prospect League

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The B1G Baseball beat: Cooper honored, Illini Jay lights up gun, Maryland’s Lowe earns MVP

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Penn States head coach Rob Cooper recognized as the Rod Dedeaux USA Baseball Coach of the Year

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