Cade Bunnell realized his lifelong dream June 5 when he was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 40th round of the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft.
Bunnell, a 2015 Stoughton High School graduate, played his freshman season at Kansas State, then transferred to Madison College for his sophomore year. He finished his collegiate career at Indiana and graduated last spring with a liberal studies degree.
Bunnell was huddled around a TV with his Hoosier teammates at an apartment in Indiana watching the draft. The Hoosiers had a record six players selected in the draft.
He was drafted as a second baseman, where he said he feels comfortable. But he’s open to playing some third base.
Bunnell hit .196 with a home run and three RBIs in 29 games and eight starts for the Hoosiers, who won the Big Ten championship. He finished the season with a .963 fielding percentage.
Bunnell was assigned to the Braves’ Gulf Coast League rookie ball team after graduating from Indiana. He hit .141 with a home run and four RBIs and posted a .385 on-base percentage in 26 games.