WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - On the same day a future Boilermaker heard his named called in the MLB Draft, Purdue baseball alumnus Matt Frawley was traded to the New York Yankees organization.
National Letter of Intent signee Hayden Wynja, a 6-foot-8 left-handed pitcher from Heritage Christian in Indianapolis, was selected Wednesday in the 30th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Atlanta Braves. He'll have the option of signing with the Braves and forgoing his collegiate eligibility or enrolling at Purdue in the fall. Players that enroll at four-year colleges cannot be drafted again until after their junior year.
It was a year ago this past Saturday (June 11, 2016) that Frawley (2014-16) was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 17th round after his junior season at Purdue. Wednesday, he learned that he had been dealt to the New York Yankees organization as the player to be named later that completed an April trade in which the Pirates acquired pitcher Johnny Barbato. Barbato has made 15 appearances for the Pirates this season but is currently pitching for the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians.
Frawley will joins the Yankees' affiliate in the Class A South Atlantic League, the Charleston RiverDogs. He was already pitching in the SAL with the West Virginia Power. And as luck would have it, the Power opened a three-game series at Charleston on Tuesday. So Frawley switched teams and dugouts Wednesday. The right-hander has enjoyed a successful first half for West Virginia, compiling a 1.62 ERA, 0.75 WHIP and .184 batting average against in 19 relief appearances. He has racked up 32 strikeouts vs. just four walks in 33 1/3 innings.
If Wynja opts to attend Purdue, he would join Nick Dalesandro (33rd round of 2015 MLB Draft) as current Boilermakers to be drafted before enrolling in college. Cameron Perkins (2009), Brad Schreiber (2009) and current big leaguer Kevin Kiermaier (2010) are a few other notable players in recent years to be drafted after committing to play at Purdue. Kiermaier, an NJCAA All-American at Parkland College, opted to sign with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Wynja said he was cut as a high school freshman at Heritage Christian, but used that setback as motivation to get better. His body also matured following his freshman season, growing 10 inches between the spring of 2014 and his senior season. He was part of three sectional championship teams and also helped his team finish as the runner-up twice at the Indianapolis City Championship Tournament.
Hayden Wynja is a super projectable 6'8 lefty. Presently in the mid to upper 80s velo and likely to go to college
-- Matt Powers (@MattPowers31) June 14, 2017
Last night, Frawley was in Charleston as a visitor. After trade from Pirates org to Yankees, he'll suit up tonight with the home team. https://t.co/54z2EDJwKm
-- Benjamin Hill (@bensbiz) June 14, 2017
PERKINS PLAYING WELL AGAIN
Leading the Triple-A International League in batting average (.310) and on-base percentage (.408) as of June 13, Cameron Perkins (2010-12) has an excellent chance to be a midseason all-star in Minor League Baseball for the fourth time in his career. He has hit safely in 17 of his last 22 games for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Phillies affiliate), batting .397 with 10 extra-base hits, 12 walks, 14 runs and eight RBI during that stretch. He's also among the top five in the league with 16 doubles and an .895 OPS. Lehigh Valley's 43-21 record is the best in all of Triple-A Baseball, including the Pacific Coast League.
-- Brian Peloza (@BrianPeloza) June 1, 2017