June 18, 2012
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Black's Division Title Clincher Postgame Interview
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue baseball's seven players that began their professional careers this month have received their Minor League assignments and fellow program alumnus Dan Black helped his team win the Carolina League first-half division title Saturday (June 16).
Black, who played for Purdue from 2007-09, hit a three-run homer in the first inning to help lead the Winston-Salem Dash (White Sox affiliate) to their 43rd win of the season Saturday. The Dash (44-25-1), a charter member of the Carolina League since their inception in 1945, clinched their 25th postseason appearance.
Black finished the win 2-for-4 with four RBI en route to a 6-for-14 showing in the three-game sweep of Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals affiliate). As a cleanup-hitting first baseman for Winston-Salem, the former Boiler batted .293 with 12 doubles, 11 home runs, 37 RBI and a team-high 39 walks in the first half of the Minor League season. Along with winning the Southern Division title, the Dash sport the best overall record in the eight-team Carolina League.
Black's former Purdue teammate Dan Sattler (2004-07) was promoted to the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats of the Eastern League in the Minnesota Twins system this week. The pitcher signed with the Twins this spring and began his Minor League season with the Fort Myers Miracle.
Two members of Purdue's 2012 Big Ten championship team now playing pro ball began their Minor League seasons Friday (June 15). Eric Charles (Eugene Emeralds) and Barrett Serrato (Spokane Indians) were both the starting designated hitter in their season openers in the Northwest League.
Charles helped lead the Emeralds (a Padres affiliate) to a walk-off win Friday, finishing the night 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. He was hit by a pitch in the 10th inning to help continue the game-winning rally. Charles did not play Saturday but was the starting second baseman Sunday. The Emeralds are managed by former Arizona State head coach Pat Murphy, who Purdue head coach Doug Schreiber worked under at both Notre Dame (1994) and Arizona State (1995-98).
Serrato was the starting first baseman the last two nights after opening the season as the DH for the Rangers affiliate. He has drawn a walk in each of the first three games this year. Eugene and Spokane square off for five-game series July 11-15 (in Spokane) and Aug. 27-31 (in Eugene).
The rest of the 2012 Purdue draft picks that signed contracts are set to begin their pro careers in the New York-Penn League, with the schedule getting underway Monday (June 18). Lance Breedlove (State College Spikes), Cameron Perkins (Williamsport Crosscutters), Kevin Plawecki (Brooklyn Cyclones) and Nick Wittgren (Jamestown Jammers) have all received their assignments. Perkins said Monday he will spend another few days at the Philadelphia Phillies' organizational mini-camp in Florida before joining the Crosscutters later this month.
Jamestown (Marlins affiliate), State College (Pirates affiliate) and Williamsport (Phillies affiliate) all play in the six-team Pickney Division of the New York-Penn League. Plawecki's Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets affiliate) is a member of the four-team McNamara Division.
Breedlove's State College Spikes play their home games at Medlar Field, which is also home to Penn State baseball. Breedlove pitched in two of the three games at Medlar Field during Purdue's 2011 series win at PSU.
Blake Mascarello signed as an undrafted free agent with the Philadelphia Phillies shortly after the conclusion of the MLB Draft. He has been assigned to the Gulf Coast League Phillies, which is also a short season league that had its season openers over the weekend. The GCL Phillies play their home games in at the Carpenter Complex in Clearwater, Fla., the organization's primary spring training site.