SOUTH YARMOUTH, Mass. - Purdue baseball's Nick Dalesandro has been selected to represent his Harwich Mariners summer ball team in the Cape Cod League All-Star Game.
Dalesandro will suit up for the East Division team in the July 22 Cape Cod League All-Star Game at Clem Spillane Field in Wareham, Massachusetts this year. He joins Skyler Hunter (Southern California Collegiate League) as Boilermakers to be named summer league all-stars this year. Alumnus Kyle Wood (2013-16) was also an all-star for the Windy City ThunderBolts of the independent professional Frontier League this month.
As of July 14, Dalesandro is batting .300 with eight walks and 12 runs scored while playing both catcher and outfield for Harwich this summer. The Cape Cod League has long been regarded as the top summer wood bat league in the country, featuring dozens of pro prospects and former Major League Baseball draft picks. Before enrolling at Purdue, Dalesandro was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 33rd round of the 2015 draft. He has played in all of the Boilermakers' 110 games the last two years, starting all but three.
Dalesandro has been on a roll in the July, batting .378 (14-for-37) with five walks vs. four strikeouts this month. He was one of the league's hottest hitters the week of July 2 to 9, going 10-for-18 with four multi-hit games. As of July 14, he has hit safely in nine of the last 10 games and raised his average .157 points since starting the summer ball season 2-for-17. He threw out two base stealers in Friday's win. This is his second summer playing for Harwich.
Along with being Purdue's most versatile player defensively, Dalesandro ranked second on the team in batting average (.297), hits (63), RBI (42) and stolen bases (13 of 14) this season. He started games in all three outfield positions and 23 times behind the plate, helping lead the Boilermakers to a 19-win improvement.
LINDBLOM TO FINISH SEASON IN KOREA
After pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Triple-A Indianapolis Indians this season, alum Josh Lindblom (2007-08) announced July 12 that he would be returning to the Lotte Giants of the Korean Baseball Organization to finish the season. Lindblom was a starting pitcher for Lotte in 2015 and 2016. He pitched in four games for Pittsburgh, the fifth MLB team he played for during his career. Purdue Hall of Famer and longtime big leaguer Moose Skowron is the only other Boilermaker to play for five different MLB teams during his career.
WITTGREN CLOSES FIRST HALF ON A HIGH NOTE
Before his Miami Marlins hosted the MLB All-Star Game, alum Nick Wittgren (2011-12) helped his team close the first half on a high note. In an 11-inning win at San Francisco on July 9 that completed a three-game series sweep, Wittgren struck out four of the six batters he faced over two perfect innings of relief. He was credited with the win after A.J. Ellis hit a pinch-hit homer in the top of the 11th. Wittgren struck out Joe Panik, Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford while going six-up, six-down vs. the 2-through-7 portion of the Giants' lineup.
MORE RECENT SUMMER LEAGUE HIGHLIGHTS
Mike Madej's Kenosha Kingfish scored seven times in the eighth inning to overcome an 11-6 deficit in a July 13 win vs. Kalamazoo in the Northwoods League. Madej delivered an RBI single and scored the final run of the inning.
Also in the Northwoods League, Jacson McGowan had a unique stat line in the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters' home-and-home series with Green Bay (July 13-14). Over the two games, McGowan came to the plate 10 times but was only charged with two at-bats after he drew five walks, recorded a pair of sac flies and was hit by a pitch. In a 10-7 win at Green Bay, he recorded five productive plate appearances and recorded three RBI. Wisconsin Rapids scored nine unanswered runs to overcome a 7-1 deficit.
Evan Kennedy has provided the Lafayette Aviators with a mid-summer boost since returning from injury in late June. He's 13-for-40 (.325) with a .550 on-base percentage (9 walks, 11 HBP) and 13 runs scored.
Milo Beam tripled and homered, scoring three times, in a July 13 win for the Conejo Oaks of the California Collegiate League.
Skyler Hunter remains among the top hitters in the Southern California Collegiate League, batting .411 as of July 14. He has hit safely in the last 18 games in which he has batted multiple times.
Nick Wojtysiak's final outing of the summer for the Sanford Mainers of the New England Collegiate League was a stellar one. He surrendered only four hits over six innings of one-run ball in a 2-1 win vs. Winnipesaukee on July 7.