July 17, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue baseball players past and present, Dan Black and Kyle Johnson, are slated to play in All-Star Games on opposite coasts in Florida and California, respectively, Wednesday (July 17).
A program alumnus, Black (2007-09) was selected as an All-Star in the Double-A Southern League on July 2. North Division manager Jim Pankovits later announced that Black would be the starting cleanup hitter for his team for the game played in Jacksonville, Fla. Black will also participate in the Southern League Home Run Derby before the All-Star Game Wednesday.
Johnson, a rising sophomore who was among the Boilers' four Big Ten All-Freshman Team honorees this season, was selected among the North Division for the California Collegiate League All-Star Game. The CCL all-star rosters were announced July 4. The game is being held at the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton, Calif., and will be televised live on Fox Sports West. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. PT.
Johnson has helped lead his San Luis Obispo Blues summer team to a 33-11 overall record and 17-11 league mark in the California Collegiate League. The Blues are in first place in the four-team CCL North at the all-star break. Johnson is batting .356 (32-for-90) with six doubles, 14 RBI and 10 walks at the plate while recording 21 strikeouts and a .227 batting average against in 27 innings as a relief pitcher.
In the Cape Cod League, three Boilers recently played in the same tightly-contested 1-0 game July 9. Rising sophomore Jordan Minch worked five innings of two-hit relief, retiring 14 of the 16 batters he faced in his best outing of the summer for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox. Brad Schreiber struck out a pair in a hitless ninth inning to close out the win for the Brewster Whitecaps. Kyle Wood pinch hit and played first base to round out the Purdue trio in the game.
Minch and Wood are part of Y-D team that is in the thick of the playoff chase in the Cape Cod League. Wood has continued to see time as a two-way player, batting .343. Minch followed up his impressive relief outing against Brewster with a quality start (6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 3 K) against the first-place Chatham Anglers.
Schreiber has surrendered a run in only two of his first 10 appearances with Brewster. The rising senior has recorded more saves (four) than hits allowed (three) in 10 1/3 innings.
Gavin Downs is also enjoying an impressive summer while pitching in relief for the Lake Erie Monarchs of the Great Lakes League. In 11 appearances, the rising sophomore has a win and two saves while surrendering only 11 hits and compiling a 1.20 ERA in 15 innings pitched.
Among other alumni making news in Minor League Baseball, Eric Charles (2008-12) was recently assigned to the Fort Wayne TinCaps in the Class A Midwest League. He is in his second season in the San Diego Padres farm system. The Zionsville native keyed the TinCaps' rubber game victory July 15 against Beloit with a pair of RBI singles. Charles and the Boilers played at Parkview Field in Fort Wayne in both 2011 and 2012. The four-year starter went 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored in the 2011 win against IPFW.
Elsewhere, Dan Sattler (2004-07) and Cameron Perkins (2010-12) have both been playing well since returning from injuries. Sattler was at the Triple-A level in the Minnesota Twins system last year when he suffered a season-ending elbow injury. He returned to action this month and has worked 5 2/3 innings of two-run ball over five appearances in a rehab assignment for the Gulf Coast League Twins.
Perkins played in two rehab games in the Gulf Coast League, going 4-for-7 with a double and a home run, before returning to the Clearwater Threshers (Philadelphia Phillies) in the Class A Advanced Florida State League on July 5. He delivered a walk-off single in the 11th inning of his first game back with Clearwater and has homered twice in his 11 games since returning from a broken arm that sidelined him for all of June.