June 6, 2012
Individual Draft Recaps: Plawecki | Perkins | Wittgren | Breedlove
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue baseball's Eric Charles (29th round, 885th overall) and Barrett Serrato (30th round, 936th overall) have been selected on day three of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, giving the Boilermakers a program-record six draftees this year.
Charles was drafted by the San Diego Padres and Serrato was picked by the Texas Rangers. Their teammates Kevin Plawecki (35th overall, Mets), Cameron Perkins (218th, Phillies), Nick Wittgren (287th, Marlins) and Lance Breedlove (706th, Pirates) have already been drafted this week.
Previously, Purdue had five players selected in the 1993 and 2008 Drafts. The six selections for the Boilers represent the most among Big Ten Conference schools through the first 30 rounds of this year's Draft.
Charles was a fifth-year senior this spring, closing his career as a four-year starter at second base and a two-time All-Big Ten honoree. He broke the program's all-time record for runs scored May 9 and finished only three hits shy of Daryl Hallada's career benchmark (279). The Zionsville, Ind., native led Purdue in batting average in both of his upperclassman seasons, batting .351 in 2011 and .362 this season.
Charles was named First Team All-Big Ten this year. As a redshirt-freshman in 2009, he was a Third Team All-Big honoree and Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American standout. He posted a 15-game hitting streak in 2011 and reached base safely in 36 consecutive Big Ten games from April 2011 through May 2012.
Serrato was drafted for the second time in his career. He was also selected in the 48th round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the Florida Marlins after his senior year of high school. At Purdue, Serrato was a two-time All-Big Ten outfielder as an upperclassman. He was a constant in the middle of the lineup, recording 27 of his 49 RBI this season with two outs. The West Chicago, Ill., native represented the Boilers on the Big Ten All-Tournament and Gary All-Regional Teams during the 2012 postseason.
As seniors, Breedlove, Charles and Serrato are expected to begin their professional careers in the Minor League systems of their organizations this summer.
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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, 1202th, Tampa Bay Rays
Brad Schreiber, Purdue, 1210th, Minnesota Twins