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PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Jay Buente is the third Boilermaker elected in this season's MLB draft.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Jay Buente is the third Boilermaker elected in this season's MLB draft.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

June 6, 2006

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Right-handed pitcher Jay Buente became the third Purdue Boilermaker selected in the 2006 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday. Buente was selected in the 14th round by the Florida Marlins.

Buente was a career relief pitcher until the 2006 season, when the senior right-hander took over as the No. 1 starter in the Boilermaker rotation.

In 2006, Buente posted a record of 6-4 with an earned-run average of 3.40, third-best on the squad (minimum of 1 IP per team game). In 76.2 innings on the hill as a senior, Buente struck out 70 batters.

Buente began the 2006 season with three wins in his first four starts, and the Boilermakers won all four starts. Buente picked up a 7-0 win over Missouri in a head-to-head match-up with Max Scherzer, the No. 11 draft pick in this year's draft.

Buente is the first Boilermaker selected by the Marlins since the team's inception in 1993.