June 6, 2012
Individual Draft Recaps: Plawecki | Perkins | Wittgren | Serrato & Charles
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue baseball's Lance Breedlove was selected in the 23rd round, 706th overall, by the Pittsburgh Pirates on day three of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Wednesday, becoming the fourth Boiler picked this year.
Breedlove's teammates Kevin Plawecki (35th overall, Mets), Cameron Perkins (218th, Phillies) and Nick Wittgren (287th, Marlins) have already been drafted this week. Breedlove represents the first Purdue senior selected this year. This marks the first time since 2008 and fifth time in program history that four or more Boilers were drafted in the same year.
Purdue has had four players selected in the first 750 picks for the first time since 1993.
Breedlove started a game in every weekend for the Boilers this year, finishing the season with eight victories. By each starting 16 games, Joe Haase and Breedlove established new single-season program records. In his two seasons with the team, Breedlove pitched in some fashion in every Big Ten series.
Breedlove was named a Second Team All-Big Ten starting pitcher in 2012. He also represented Purdue on the Big Ten All-Tournament Team after working 7 1/3 shutout innings in the winner's bracket final against Indiana. In April, he was named to the initial College Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher of the Year Award watch list. He became the first Boiler to be named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week three times in the same season.
Most impressive was Breedlove's four starts at Lambert Field this year. He did not surrender a run while he was physically on the mound, working 31 innings of two-run ball total. The two runs he was charged with scored in the eighth inning of the April 28 win against Michigan State after he had given way to the bullpen.
As a senior, Breedlove is expected to begin his professional career in the Pirates' Minor League system this summer.
Purdue's four draft selections were the most in the Big Ten through the end of round 26. Nebraska also had four players selected but 25th-round pick Khiry Cooper is a football player who has not played baseball for the Huskers since 2009. Plawecki, Perkins and Wittgren were three of the first five Big Ten players drafted.
Big Ten Players Selected in 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
John Kuchno, Ohio State, 556th, Pittsburgh Pirates
Jordan Steranka, Penn State, 646th, Pittsburgh Pirates
Willie Argo, Illinois, 692nd, Tampa Bay Rays
Travis Huber, Nebraska, 700th, Minnesota Twins
Lance Breedlove, Purdue, 706th, Pittsburgh Pirates
Kale Kiser, Nebraska, 711th, Chicago White Sox
Richard Stock, Nebraska, 713th, Cleveland Indians
Matt Dermody, Iowa, 723rd, Arizona Diamondbacks
Khiry Cooper, Nebraska, 781st, Boston Red Sox -- NEB football player
Jordan Parr, Illinois, 806th, Los Angeles Dodgers
John Walter, Penn State, 883rd, Kansas City Royals
Eric Charles, Purdue, 885th, San Diego Padres
Barrett Serrato, Purdue, 936th, Texas Rangers
Kevin Johnson, Illinois, 967th, New York Yankees
Tony Wieber, Michigan State, 1005th, San Diego Padres
Mike McQuillan, Iowa, 1014th, Washington Nationals
Chad Christensen, Nebraska, 1067th, Miami Marlins
Geoff Rowan, Northwestern, 1202nd, Tampa Bay Rays
Brad Schreiber, Purdue, 1210th, Minnesota Twins