WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Kevin Plawecki's selection to the Western Division team for the upcoming Cape Code League All-Star Game at Fenway Park highlights summer update No. 4 for current and former Purdue baseball players competing in collegiate wood bat leagues and Minor League Baseball.
A rising junior playing for the Hyannis (Mass.) Harbor Hawks, Plawecki has been a mainstay in the middle of the lineup for a team that leads the prestigious Cape League with a 21-12 record and 42 points (as of July 21). As a regular catcher, Plawecki has worked with a Hyannis pitching staff that has compiled a 2.96 team ERA while surrendering only 245 hits in 286 1/3 innings.
A recent 3-for-28 stretch has dropped Plawecki's average to .235 but he still sports an on-base percentage (.367) more than .100 points higher thanks to a team-high 21 free passes (16 walks, five HBP). And with only 10 strikeouts in 119 plate appearances, he has been the most difficult player to strike out on his team.
Plawecki was one of five Hyannis players selected for the Cape All-Star Game, which is set for 7 p.m. Friday, July 29 at Fenway Park in Boston. The Red Sox will be on Chicago's South Side for a series with the White Sox that weekend. Comcast SportsNet New England will televise the game live.
Plawecki's Cape League and Purdue teammate Nick Wittgren was also deserving of All-Star consideration. While serving as the Harbor Hawks' closer, Wittgren has recorded three wins and five saves while giving up only two runs on 11 hits in 14 1/3 innings pitched (as of July 21). He has struck out 20 batters while making 11 of his 12 relief appearances in Hyannis victories. The rising junior has registered at least one strikeout in each of his last six appearances.
July 18, Cameron Perkins represented Purdue and the Waterloo (Iowa) Bucks in the Northwoods League All-Star Game. After entering the game as a reserve, the rising junior went 2-for-2 with a double, RBI single and a run scored for the South Division team.
Perkins has been swinging a hot bat amidst the recent Midwest heat wave. As of July 21 and including the All-Star Game, he has recorded two hits and at least one RBI in five consecutive games. He's 10-for-16 with four extra-base hits and 10 RBIs during that stretch. His current 10-game hitting streak represents his second double-figure hit streak this summer. The corner infielder posted a 14-game streak from June 4-17.
For the summer, Perkins is batting .324 with 16 extra-base hits and 28 RBIs. Waterloo's 8-4 record is the best mark in the South Division in the second half of the Northwoods League.
In Minor League Baseball, alumnus Brandon Haveman was swinging a hot bat for the Double-A Jackson (Tenn.) Generals before being sidelined by an injury July 15. Haveman had posted six straight multi-hit games, going 13-for-23 with four extra-base hits, six RBIs and six runs scored during that stretch.
Dan Black (2007-09) is also enjoying another hot stretch for Single-A Kannapolis (N.C) Intimidators. He has posted three straight two-hit games, connecting for his 13th home run of the summer July 18 and doubling twice Thursday. Forty-two of Black's 95 hits have gone for extra bases this season.
Bischoff (2007-10) recently rejoined the Single-A Clinton (Iowa) LumberKings after a dominating stretch as the closer for the Everett (Wash.) AquaSox of the Northwest League. In his first outing since rejoining Clinton, Bischoff earned the win with three innings of one-run relief. He posted two wins and five saves in his nine appearances for Everett, striking out 23 in 15 innings pitched. Even more impressively, he surrendered only five hits and did not give up an earned run.
After being sidelined by injury for about two months, Sattler (2004-07) is currently on a rehab assignment with the Los Angeles Angels affiliate in the Arizona Rookie League. He pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn a save in his first appearance July 20.
Loomis (2007-08) has been performing well in the bullpen for the Single-A Clearwater (Fla.) Threshers. The left-hander has put together nine consecutive scoreless relief appearances, giving up only three hits while striking out 11 over 8 2/3 innings.
Buente (2003-06) has also exceled since his move to the bullpen for the Triple-A Durham (N.C.) Bulls. He has worked seven consecutive scoreless appearances in July, striking out 10 over eight innings as a reliever.
Lindblom (2007-08) remains the closer for the Double-A Chattanooga (Tenn.) Lookouts, earning seven saves since returning from his stint with the Los Angeles Dodgers. His most impressive outing as of late was July 15 when he struck out five of the nine batters he faced over three innings of perfect relief. The right-hander has surrendered only five hits in his 12 innings pitched in July.
|Kyle Bischoff||Richmond RiverRats||Richmond, Ind.||Prospect|
|Lance Breedlove||East LA Dodgers||Los Angeles||Western Baseball|
|Jack DeAno||Waterloo Bucks||Waterloo, Iowa||Northwoods|
|Andrew Dixon||Duluth Huskies||Duluth, Minn.||Northwoods|
|Pat Gannon||Waterloo Bucks||Waterloo, Iowa||Northwoods|
|Jake Hansen||Richmond RiverRats||Richmond, Ind.||Prospect|
|David Miller||Asheboro Copperheads||Asheboro, N.C.||Coastal Plain|
|Cameron Perkins||Waterloo Bucks||Waterloo, Iowa||Northwoods|
|Kevin Plawecki||Hyannis Harbor Hawks||Hyannis, Mass.||Cape Cod|
|Mike Sudbury||Springfield Sliders||Springfield, Ill.||Prospect|
|Nick Wittgren||Hyannis Harbor Hawks||Hyannis, Mass.||Cape Cod|