June 7, 2014
June 12 Update: Minch has reported to the Hyannis Harbor Hawks of the Cape Cod League. He has until July 18 to sign with the Chicago Cubs, who will be monitoring the lefty's performance this summer as a draft and follow prospect.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue baseball's Jordan Minch was selected in the 35th round, 1,039th overall, by the Chicago Cubs on day three of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Saturday.
Minch joins his battery mate Sean McHugh as Boilermakers drafted this season. Thirty-one Purdue players have been drafted during head coach Doug Schreiber's 16-year tenure. Multiple Purdue players have been drafted in seven of Schreiber's 16 years, including six times since 2006. Minch is the first left-handed pitcher from Purdue drafted since Matt Jansen in 2009.
Minch has two years of collegiate eligibility remaining if he chooses not to sign with the Cubs. He was a draft-eligible sophomore this summer because he is set to turn 21 in July. The Highland, Ind., native is slated to pitch for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks of the Cape Cod League this summer if he chooses not to sign a pro contract.
Minch has been a durable southpaw for the Boilermakers who has made 28 starts, all on weekends, in his first two seasons. He started 14 games and pitched over 80 innings as both a freshman and sophomore. He set Purdue freshman records for strikeouts (63), innings pitched (81 1/3) and games started in 2013. This season he posted five consecutive quality starts over the first five weekends of Big Ten play. He also started games against 2014 NCAA Tournament qualifiers Rice, LSU, San Diego State and Indiana this season.
Minch has recorded 115 strikeouts vs. 71 walks over 168 innings pitched in his two seasons as a Boilermaker. He surrendered only three home runs in 86 2/3 innings this season after giving up seven in 81 1/3 innings as a freshman.
Seven former Boilermakers are on the active rosters in Minor League Baseball this season, including three at the Triple-A level.