June 11, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue baseball's Blake Mascarello signed as an undrafted free agent with the Philadelphia Phillies after the completion of last week's Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, joining his six college teammates in organizational mini-camps this week.
Mascarello was not among the program-record seven Boilers drafted last week. But he was contacted by the Phillies soon after and is participating in the team's mini-camp in Clearwater, Fla. Cameron Perkins, who was selected by the Phillies in the sixth round of the Draft June 5, is also at the mini-camp.
Organizations have until July 13 to sign their draft picks. Baseball America has confirmed that Kevin Plawecki (Mets), Eric Charles (Padres), Barrett Serrato (Rangers) have signed with the organizations that drafted them. Plawecki was selected 35th overall as the first Big Ten player picked this year. All three players as well as Nick Wittgren (Marlins) and Lance Breedlove (Pirates) are also participating in team mini-camps this week.
The majority of recently-drafted college players begin their pro careers in short-season Minor Leagues like the Appalachian, New York-Penn, Northwest, Pioneer and Gulf Coast. Most of the teams in those leagues begin their seasons around June 15-18.
Mascarello was a Second Team All-Big Ten relief pitcher for Purdue this spring. He recorded eight wins and three saves while pitching strictly in relief. His 29 appearances ranked fourth on the program's single-season list. He pitched in four of the Boilers' six postseason games and Purdue won 23 of the 29 games in which he took the mound. His 1.86 ERA led the Big Ten and was second best in program history among pitchers that worked at least 60 innings.
Complete Minor League assignments for all former Boilers will be announced when the news becomes available later this month. Summer league assignments for current Purdue players returning for the 2013 college season are also coming soon.
Meanwhile, Ohio University announced Monday that it has hired former Purdue assistant Rob Smith (pitching coach from 2002-06) as its new head coach. Smith spent six seasons as an assistant at Creighton before being selected as the Bobcats' head coach. He replaces long-time Ohio skipper Joe Carbone, who was the leader of the program for 24 years.
Purdue and Ohio played weekend series against each other in March of 2008 and 2010.