July 2, 2012
CBI National Coach of the Year Finalists | Gunter & Miller's Final CBI Journal
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue baseball's Doug Schreiber has been selected among the seven finalists for College Baseball Insider's National Coach of the Year and left-handed alumni Andy Loomis and Blake Mascarello both recently received promotions in Minor League Baseball.
Schreiber is on CBI's short list for National Coach of the Year. The winner will be announced Thursday, July 5. The other finalists include Arizona's Andy Lopez, Baylor's Steve Smith, Florida State's Mike Martin, Kent State's Scott Stricklin, South Carolina's Ray Tanner and Stony Brook's Matt Senk. All seven skippers led their teams to the NCAA Tournament as part of historic seasons.
Schreiber was Purdue baseball's first winner of Big Ten Coach of the Year honors after leading the Boilers to a program-record 45 victories and Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles. He and Stricklin figure to be the front runners for Mideast Region Coach of the Year honors, which is an award handed out by the American Baseball Coaches Association.
In Minor League Baseball, Loomis and Mascarello are now with new teams. Loomis has returned to the Norfolk Tides, the Baltimore Orioles AAA affiliate in the International League. The 2008 Purdue alum pitched in three games for Norfolk earlier this year. In his last 10 games for the Frederick Keys of the High A Carolina League, he had earned a win and two saves while compiling a 1.15 ERA in 15 2/3 innings.
Mascarello and fellow 2012 alum Cameron Perkins were teammates for a short time on the Gulf Coast League Phillies, Philadelphia's Rookie Ball affiliate in Florida. Perkins was eventually assigned to the Williamsport Crosscutters of the Class A New York-Penn League, where he delivered a walk-off hit in his first game (June 23). Late last week, Mascarello was also elevated to the Class A level. He's now pitching for the Lakewood BlueClaws of the South Atlantic League.
Mascarello earned a victory in his debut for Lakewood Friday (June 29), working an inning and a third of one-hit relief. The BlueClaws scored five times in the bottom of the eighth to take the lead and Mascarello closed out the win with a scoreless ninth. Sunday (July 1), he pitched three innings of scoreless relief. The lefty was a teammate of Ryan Howard this past weekend while the All-Star and former National League MVP is on a rehab assignment.
Among Purdue's other 2012 draftees, Nick Wittgren and Barrett Serrato continue to perform well at the Minor League level. Wittgren has only pitched in four games for the Jamestown Jammers (Miami Marlins affiliate) of the New York-Penn League but has recorded three saves. He has surrendered only two hits in five innings while retiring 15 of the 18 batters he has faced, including seven via strikeouts.
Serrato is serving as the starting first baseman for the Spokane Indians (Texas Rangers affiliate) of the Northwest League. Five of his 10 hits have gone for extra bases and he has collected nine RBI and 11 walks.
Also late last week Kevin Plawecki was given a few days off from playing with his Brooklyn Cyclones (New York Mets affiliate) team to travel to Wichita, Kan., for the Johnny Bench Award Catchers Clinic and Award Ceremony Banquet. Joined by fellow award finalists Mike Zunino (Florida) and Mitchell Garver (New Mexico), Plawecki got an opportunity to meet Hall of Famer Johnny Bench. Zunino was selected as the award winner.
Among the nine Boilers playing in collegiate wood bat summer leagues, Brandon Krieg recently connected for a grand slam in a wild game for the Northwest Indiana Oilmen. It was the first home run hit by an Oilmen player at the team's stadium in Whiting, Ind. Bennett Oliver and Joe Eichmann are also playing for the Oilmen of the Midwest Collegiate League this summer.
Meanwhile in Minnesota, Stephen Talbott returned from injury with a strong showing Saturday (June 30) in his first game since June 11. The rising senior went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base for the Willmar Stingers of the Northwoods League.