July 11, 2011
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Cameron Perkins' selection to the South Division team for the upcoming Northwoods League All-Star Game highlights summer update No. 3 for current and former Purdue baseball players in collegiate wood bat leagues and Minor League Baseball.
A rising junior playing for the Waterloo (Iowa) Bucks this summer, Perkins was selected as a third baseman for the South Division. He was one of four Waterloo players picked and one of eight student-athletes from Big Ten Conference schools. The Northwoods League All-Star Game is set for Monday, July 18 at 8:05 p.m. ET in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
As of July 10, Perkins was batting .304 (45-for-148) with 10 doubles, four home runs and 19 RBIs. He leads the team in hits, doubles and runs scored (25). He walked and scored the game-tying run in a walk-off win Eau Claire (Wis.) July 9. Sunday in a shutout win against Eau Claire, he drove in a pair of runs thanks to a solo home run and a first-inning sacrifice fly.
Purdue teammates Jack DeAno and Pat Gannon are also playing for Waterloo this summer. Gannon earned his first victory of the summer July 5 with 3 1/3 innings of one-hit relief against La Crosse (Wis.). And DeAno has seen more playing time since the calendar turned to July.
In the prestigious Cape Cod League, Kevin Plawecki and Nick Wittgren have helped the Hyannis (Mass.) Harbor Hawks compile the best record in the league over the first month of the Cape's season. As of July 10, Hyannis leads the Western Division with a 16-9 record, holding a six-point lead over the second-place team.
Plawecki has regularly batted in the heart of the order while seeing action at catcher and designated hitter. He has reached base safely in 21 of the 23 games in which he has played, compiling a .415 on-base percentage thanks to 20 hits and 15 walks. Wittgren has recorded three wins and three saves in his eight relief appearances, surrendering only one run over 10 1/3 innings pitched. He struck out the side in the ninth inning to close out a July 4 win against Yarmouth-Dennis (Mass.). Hyannis has won all eight games in which Wittgren has pitched.
Closer to home in the Prospect League, Kyle Bischoff and Jake Hansen have helped their Richmond (Ind.) RiverRats team compile one of the best records in the East Division. Richmond finished a half game out of first place in the first half of the Prospect season with a 16-12 record.
Hansen has recently become a regular at shortstop, often times batting leadoff. Bischoff remains a versatile utility player that has seen action at the corner infield positions and behind the plate.
In Minor League Baseball, alumnus Mitch Hilligoss has returned to the Double-A level in the Texas Rangers farm system. Hilligoss (2004-06) is back with the Frisco (Texas) RoughRiders of the Texas League after playing for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans for much of the first half of the MiLB season. The infielder closed the 2010 season with Frisco, batting .304 in his 24 games.
Fellow alumni Matt Bischoff, Jay Buente, Josh Lindblom and Andy Loomis have all enjoyed some recent success pitching out of the bullpens for their current MiLB teams.
Bischoff (2007-10) has been lights out as the closer of the Everett AquaSox of the Northwest League since joining the team in mid-June. He has posted two wins and four saves in his eight appearances for the Seattle Mariners affiliate. More impressively, the 2010 grad has yet to surrender an earned run while recording 20 strikeouts versus only three walks in 13 2/3 innings pitched. He worked three innings of one-hit ball in his last appearance, earning the win in relief July 8 at Boise.
Since returning from a brief stint on the disabled list, Buente (2003-06) has been effective in a relief role for the Durham Bulls of the International League. He has posted a win and a save in his four relief appearances for the Tampa Bay Rays affiliate, striking out seven while issuing only one walk over 4 2/3 innings. He closed out a July 10 victory against Norfolk with two innings of scoreless relief.
Lindblom (2007-08) has resumed his role as the closer of the Chattanooga Lookouts of the Southern League since his stint with the Los Angeles Dodgers came to an end. The 2008 alum has used his Major League experience to his advantage, earning six saves in his nine appearances since returning to Chattanooga. He has surrendered only one run and four hits in his nine innings, striking out nine versus two walks. Lindblom earned a save in four straight relief appearances from June 25 through July 2.
Loomis (2007-08) has settled in as a left-handed contributor for the Clearwater Threshers of Florida State League. He has pitched in seven games since being traded to the Philadelphia Phillies farm system. The 2008 grad has bounced back from a tough outing on June 25 with five consecutive scoreless relief appearances. He earned a save with two innings of one-hit relief in a July 6 win against Brevard County.
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