Aug. 9, 2012
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Having recorded 11 saves in his 16 relief appearances while averaging 12 strikeouts per nine innings, Purdue baseball alumnus Nick Wittgren has been selected for the New York-Penn League All-Star Game.
Wittgren was selected in the ninth round of the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Miami Marlins. After recording five wins and a program-record 22 saves in his two seasons as Purdue's closer, he was the program's earliest-selected right-handed pitcher since fellow Lafayette native Josh Lindblom went 61st overall to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2008.
Wittgren will suit up for the National League team at the New York-Penn League All-Star Game, set for Tuesday, Aug. 14 at Eastwood Field in Niles, Ohio. The Mahoning Valley Scrappers (Cleveland Indians affiliate) are serving as the host of the All-Star Game this year.
Wittgren was one of four players from his Jamestown Jammers team selected to the NYPL All-Star Game. As of Aug. 8, he ranked second in the NYPL with his 11 saves.
In other Minor League action, alumnus Dan Black (2006-08) continued his hot hitting for the Winston-Salem Dash (Chicago White Sox affiliate) of the Carolina League. He connected for his 13th home run of the season Wednesday as part of a three-hit, three-RBI effort and is now batting .412 with 10 RBI in his last 10 games. He ranks fourth in the Carolina League with 65 RBI this season.
In the independent American Association, alumnus Mike Coles (2004-05) was recently traded from the Gary Southshore RailCats to the Winnipeg Goldeyes. He's 5-for-13 with five runs scored since the trade, helping Winnipeg sweep a three-game series with Sioux Falls. The Goldeyes (45-31) are in second place in the four-team North Division and held a four-game lead in the wildcard race as of Aug. 8. Coles was batting .300 with 19 extra-base hits, 43 RBI and 19 stolen bases for Gary at the time of the trade.
In collegiate summer league action, Sean McHugh's Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox team begins the Cape Cod League playoffs Thursday (Aug. 9). Yarmouth-Dennis finished second in the Eastern Division with a 25-19 record and 50 standings points, earning the No. 3 overall seed in the eight-team playoffs. The YD Sox will have home field advantage in a best-of-three playoff series with the Chatham Anglers.
McHugh enjoyed a productive day in the final game of the regular season, connecting for his second home run of the summer. He finished the game 2-for-2 with a walk and three runs scored as the starting DH. Entering the playoffs, he is batting .292.