Scouting Report: Weekend starter ... hard-throwing righthander with a fastball in the mid-90s ... ranked by Baseball America as the ninth-best college prospect for 2002 Major League draft ... selected by Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 47th round of 1999 amateur draft following high school.
Summer 2001: Selected by Baseball America as one of the top ten prospects in the 2001 Cape Cod League ... played for Cotuit Kettleers in the prestigious summer league ... posted 3-3 record with a 2.34 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 42.1 innings against some of the nation?s elite pro prospects.
2001: Academic All-Big Ten selection ... named Big Ten?s top pro prospect by Baseball America prior to 2001 season ... compiled a 6-6 record with a 4.23 ERA in 14 games and 13 starts ... recorded four complete games and totaled 54 strikeouts in 83.0 innings ... posted best ERA among Boilermaker starting pitchers and was second on team in wins, complete games and innings pitched, and third in strikeouts ... went 4-2 with 3.89 ERA and completed four of seven starts in Big Ten play ... struck out 32 with only eight walks in 41.2 innings pitched in conference games ... ranked ninth in the Big Ten with 3.89 conference ERA ... earned first win of season by allowing only one earned run in 7.1-inning performance with three strikeouts and no walks at Austin Peay (2/25) ... pitched six innings of relief while allowing just two runs with two strikeouts and no walks to earn win at Cincinnati (3/10) ... allowed only one earned run in 7.2 innings at Long Beach State (3/15) ... garnered win with seven-strikeout performance in 5.2 innings at Northwestern (4/7) ... earned win and posted first complete game of career while striking out nine batters with only one walk in nine-inning victory over Penn State (4/14) ... threw second consecutive complete-game victory and allowed only five hits and two earned runs in seven-inning contest at Illinois (4/21) ... hurled third-straight complete game and allowed just five hits in seven-inning 2-0 loss at Indiana (4/28) ... earned seven-inning complete game win while allowing only five hits and one earned run with five strikeouts and no walks against Iowa (5/13).
2000: Pitched in 15 games with two starts ... compiled a 4-1 record with a 2.95 ERA in 39.2 innings ... was 2-0 in six relief appearances in conference action while posting a sparkling 0.54 ERA ... earned first collegiate victory over Ball State (4/5) ... posted consecutive victories over ranked teams against No. 24 Notre Dame and No. 25 Illinois ... threw 6.0 innings while allowing three earned runs against Notre Dame (4/11) ... hurled 8.0 innings of shutout relief, allowing six hits at Illinois (4/23) ... only loss of season came to No. 16 East Carolina.
High School: Played four years under head coach Gregg Minegar at Mishawaka High ... first-team all-state selection as a senior ... helped lead team to sectional and regional championships during senior campaign ... earned four letters in basketball and was named team MVP as junior and senior.
Personal: Born March 9, 1981 ... son of Ed and Sandy Blasko ... has one younger brother, Phil ... physical education and education major.
Blasko?s Career Bests:
Innings Pitched (Start): 9.0, vs. Penn State, 4/14/01
Innings Pitched (Relief): 8.0, at Illinois, 4/23/00
Strikeouts (Innings): 9 (9.0), vs. Penn State, 4/14/01
Complete Games: Four, last vs. Iowa (7.0 innings), 5/13/01
Low-Hit Complete Game (Innings): 6 (9.0), vs. Penn State, 4/14/01; 5 (7.0), at Illinois, 4/21/01
Threw complete games in three consecutive Big Ten starts in 2001, amassing two victories along the way. Posted 16 strikeouts with only three walks while allowing just 16 hits and 6 earned runs in 22.0 innings during that span.