June 5, 2012
MLB.com Draft Tracker | Plawecki Drafted by Mets | Perkins Drafted by Phillies
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue baseball's Nick Wittgren was selected by the Miami Marlins in the ninth round, 287th overall, in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Tuesday, becoming the third Boilermaker and sixth Big Ten player picked this year.
Wittgren's classmates Kevin Plawecki (Mets, 35th overall in comp round A) and Cameron Perkins (Phillies, 218th overall in sixth round) have also been drafted this week. Together the trio helped lead Purdue to a program-record 45 wins, Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles, an NCAA Regional hosting honor and a berth in the 64-team field.
This season marks the first time in program history that Purdue has had three players selected in the first 300 picks of the same draft. The Boilermakers have three draftees in the same year since 2009.
All three players were selected by teams that compete in the National League East.
Wittgren represents Purdue's earliest-selected right-handed pitcher since fellow Lafayette native Josh Lindblom went 61st overall to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2008. Lindblom is currently a member of the National League-leading Dodgers' bullpen.
As a junior, Wittgren would have the option of returning for his senior season at Purdue. However, players drafted as juniors generally have more leverage in the signing process and prospects selected in the Top 10 rounds usually sign. If so, Wittgren would begin his professional career this summer.
Wittgren served as the Boilers' closer in each of his two seasons as a member of the program. He recorded five wins and 22 saves in his 55 career appearances. With a Big Ten-leading 12 saves in 2011 and 10 this year, he became the first pitcher in program history with two seasons of 10-plus saves. He was on the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch list in both seasons and broke the all-time record for saves in March of this year
Wittgren was a two-time All-Big Ten honoree, earning Second Team honors in 2011 and Third Team honors this year. He closed out the 2012 Big Ten Tournament championship game victory against Indiana, earning the win after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
Wittgren joined the Boilers after one season at Parkland College in Champaign, Ill., where he helped lead the Cobras to the 2010 NJCAA DII World Series.
Three or More Purdue Players Selected in Same Draft (Overall Draft Selection)
2012: Kevin Plawecki (35th, Mets), Cameron Perkins (218th, Phillies) & Nick Wittgren (287th, Marlins)... Rounds 16-40 Wednesday
2009: Dan Black (443rd, White Sox), Brandon Haveman (863rd, Mariners) & Matt Jansen (1287th, Giants)
2008: Josh Lindblom (61st, Dodgers), Ryne White (138th, Diamondbacks), Andy Loomis (478th, Marlins), Dan Black (1047th, Giants) & Matt Bischoff (1,416th, Mets)
2006: Mitch Hilligoss (194th, Yankees), Chris Toneguzzi (392nd, Brewers), Jay Buente (425th, Marlins) & Dan Sattler (1,316th, Rangers)
1997: Jason Howard (445th, Tigers), Rod Metzler (631st, Royals), Chris Bloomer (1360th, Diamondbacks)
1993: Jermaine Allensworth (34th, Pirates), Mike Biltimier (466th, Dodgers), Jeff Isom (514th, Pirates), Dan Zanolla (618th, Padres) & Scott Barrett (638th, Giants)
1989: John Carrico (308th, Giants), Andy Swain (434th, Expos), Mike Galle (550th, Dodgers) & Pete Altenberger (1,419th, Dodgers)
1987: Archi Cianfrocco (122nd, Expos), Bob Shoulders (300th, Orioles) & Jeff Allison (585th, Braves)
Big Ten Players Selected in First 15 Rounds of 2012 MLB Draft
Kevin Plawecki, Purdue, 35th, New York Mets
Cameron Perkins, Purdue, 218th, Philadelphia Phillies
Torsten Boss, Michigan State, 252nd, Baltimore Orioles
Joe Kurrasch, Penn State, 268th, San Francisco Giants
Nick Wittgren, Purdue, 287th, Miami Marlins
Micah Johnson, Indiana, 291st, Chicago White Sox
Chad Martin, Indiana, 314th, Chicago Cubs
Matt Milroy, Illinois, 347th, Miami Marlins
T.J. Oakes, Minnesota, 348th, Colorado Rockies
Ryan Jones, Michigan State, 418th, San Francisco Giants
Tony Bucciferro, Michigan State, 441st, Chicago White Sox