June 7, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue baseball's Sean McHugh was selected in the 18th round, 532nd overall, by the Philadelphia Phillies on day three of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Saturday.
McHugh becomes the first Boilermaker drafted since a program-record seven were selected in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft following Purdue's Big Ten championship season. The four-year letterwinner joins former teammate Cameron Perkins in the Philadelphia Phillies' farm system. Perkins was promoted to Triple-A earlier this week.
With McHugh's selection, eight different players from Purdue's 2012 Big Ten Championship team were drafted at some point.
As a senior who closed out his college career last month, McHugh is expected to sign with Phillies and report to one of the organization's short-season Class A teams.
McHugh nearly became the first Boiler since 2007 to win the team triple crown this season. He finished five points shy of Kyle Wood (.302) for the team lead in batting average, but did lead the way in hits (60), doubles (14), home runs (4), RBI (28), slugging percentage (.426) and walks (20). The senior finished his college career having started 71 consecutive games, starting behind the plate in 42 of Purdue's 50 games this spring. McHugh was selected as one of 15 semifinalists nationally for the Johnny Bench Award, which recognizes the top NCAA Division I catcher. Entering the NCAA Regionals, he ranked sixth nationally by throwing out 26 of 50 base stealers.
McHugh finished his Purdue career with a .295/.370/.449 slash line while recording 28 doubles, 13 home runs and 89 RBI in 152 games. As a part-time starter in 2012, he posted 10 extra-base hits and 24 RBI in only 82 at-bats for the Big Ten championship team. The Leawood, Kan., native hit the dramatic game-tying, pinch-hit home run in the ninth inning of the final game in the history of Lambert Field, a 2-1 win against Indiana State.
Seven former Boilermakers are on the active rosters in Minor League Baseball this season, including three at the Triple-A level.