June 6, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Four more Purdue baseball players were selected on the final day of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Wednesday, giving the Boilermakers' a program-record and Big Ten-leading seven draftees this season.
Lance Breedlove (23rd round, 706th overall, Pirates), Eric Charles (29th, 885th, Padres) and Barrett Serrato (30th, 936th, Rangers) and Brad Schreiber (40th, 1210th, Twins) all had their names called Wednesday. Kevin Plawecki (35th overall, Mets), Cameron Perkins (sixth, 218th, Phillies) and Nick Wittgren (ninth, 287th, Marlins) were also drafted earlier this week.
Around the Big Ten Conference, 30 players were drafted this week. Not only did Purdue lead the way, but the seven selections were the most by a Big Ten team since Indiana also had seven draftees in 2009.
The Boilermakers had five players selected in the 1993 and 2008 Drafts, a total which stood as a program record until this season. Purdue had four players selected in the first 750 picks for the first time since 1993.
As seniors, Breedlove, Charles and Serrato are expected to begin their professional careers in the Minor League systems of their organizations this summer. Plawecki, Perkins and Wittgren are expected to sign and forego their senior seasons of college eligibility.
Schreiber redshirted this season after having elbow surgery in June 2011. He was draft eligible but has two seasons of college eligibility remaining. Having been selected in the 40th and final round, Schreiber is likely to return to campus for the 2013 college season. The big right-hander is projected as Friday starter of the Boilers' 2013 rotation if he can make a full recovery from surgery, as expected.
Meanwhile, Serrato and Schreiber joined Perkins as Boilers drafted for a second time. Serrato was selected by the Marlins in the 48th round of the 2008 Draft after his senior year of high school. Schreiber (42nd round, Brewers) and Perkins (43rd round, Mariners) were both picked in the 2009 Drafts after their senior years. All three players opted to attend Purdue and have improved their draft positions. The number of rounds in the draft was decreased from 50 to 40 rounds this year.
All U.S. amateur players are eligible to be drafted after their senior year of high school. If they choose to attend a four-year college, they are draft eligible again after their third year (junior season). If a prospect opts to attend a two-year junior college, he can be drafted after his first or second year.
Schreiber was leading the Big Ten in batting average against (.209) and strikeouts per nine innings (9.51) when he was suffered his elbow injury during his April 17, 2011, start at Penn State.
Plawecki, Perkins, Wittgren, Breedlove, Charles and Serrato were each among Purdue's program-record eight All-Big Ten honorees this year. As multi-year starting position players, Plawecki, Perkins, Charles and Serrato were each named All-Big Ten twice during their careers.
Big Ten Players Selected in 2012 MLB Draft (30)
Team Totals: Purdue 7, Nebraska 5, Illinois 4, Michigan State 4, Penn State 3, Indiana 2, Iowa 2, Minnesota 1, Northwestern 1, Ohio State 1
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