June 22, 2012
All-America Teams: Baseball America
Purdue Season Recap
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Kevin Plawecki has added two more All-America awards to his long list of honors from Purdue baseball's 2012 Big Ten championship season, making him a three-time All-America this spring.
Plawecki was named Second Team All-America by Baseball America and Third Team All-America by the America Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). He was the lone catcher recognized on the specific team in both instances. Last month on the eve of the NCAA Regionals, the junior was also named Second Team All-America by Collegiate Baseball.
On June 4, Plawecki was selected 35th overall in Compensation Round A by the New York Mets in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. He chose to sign with the Mets and forego his final season of college eligibility. He was assigned to the Brooklyn Cyclones of the New York-Penn League. The Carmel, Ind., native was the third-earliest draftee in program history and the first of a program-record seven Boilers selected in the Draft this season.
Plawecki is the first player in program history to be a three-time All-American in the same season. Going back to 2010, he was also named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
Plawecki started every game, including 49 of the 59 behind the plate, during Purdue's historic campaign. He batted .359 with 31 extra-base hits (seven home runs) and 47 RBI. He led the Big Ten with 20 doubles and 54 runs scored and also led the Boilers with 26 walks and a .445 on-base percentage. Most impressively, he struck out only eight times in 223 at-bats, making him the second most difficult batter in the nation to strikeout.
Along with a program-record 45 wins, Plawecki worked with a Purdue pitching staff that established new team benchmarks for ERA (3.16), strikeout-to-walk ratio (2.84), fewest walks per nine innings (2.18) and WHIP (1.21).
Plawecki's 2012 Honor Roll
Baseball America Second Team All-America
Collegiate Baseball Second Team All-America
ABCA Third Team All-America
Johnny Bench Award Finalist
Jesse Owens Big Ten Male Athlete of the Year
Purdue Male Athlete of the Year
Big Ten Player of the Year
Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player
First Team All-Big Ten
Golden Spikes Award Semifinalist
Dick Howser Trophy Semifinalist
NCAA All-Gary Regional Team
Big Ten All-Tournament Team