Aug 27, 2013
Evansville Otters | Hudson Valley Renegades | Boilers in Pro Ball
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Former Purdue baseball pitchers Robert Ramer and Brad Schreiber recently made the move to the pro ranks, signing with professional teams earlier this month.
Schreiber signed with the Tampa Bay Rays and is currently pitching for the Hudson Valley Renegades of the New York-Penn League (Class A Short Season). Ramer signed with the Evansville Otters of the independent Frontier League.
Schreiber pitched for the Brewster Whitecaps of the Cape Cod League this summer, serving as the team's closer for much of the wood bat season. After being selected in the 2009 and 2012 MLB First-Year Player Drafts, Schreiber opted to sign as a free agent with the Rays earlier this month and forgo his final season of collegiate eligibility.
Ramer closed out his college career as a senior starter for the Boilermakers this spring. He is continuing to pursue an MBA degree at Purdue after earning his bachelor's degree in 2012.
Ramer and Schreiber were both part of the Boilers' weekend rotation for much of the 2013 season. Ramer made 13 starts in his 15 appearances in 2013 and led the team with 90 2/3 innings pitched. He finished his career with a 16-6 record and a program-best 1.47 walks per nine innings ratio (33 walks in 202 2/3 innings).
In his first year back from elbow surgery, Schreiber made a start in each of first nine weekends of the 2013 season before moving to the bullpen for the final month. He recorded 50 strikeouts in 50 innings pitched and finished his career with the second-best strikeouts per nine innings ratio (8.88) in program history (120 K in 121 2/3 innings).
Schreiber recorded five saves in 14 appearances for the Whitecaps this summer, surrendering only seven hits while striking out 12 in 14 innings pitched. As of Aug. 26, he has appeared in two games for Hudson Valley (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.).
As of Aug. 26, Ramer has made four starts for Evansville this month, recording two wins and a 2.86 ERA. He has surrendered only 18 hits and four walks in 22 innings. Aug. 21 in a win against Rockford, he worked seven scoreless innings of two-hit ball.
Schreiber is one of 11 Purdue alumni currently playing pro ball at the Minor League level. As of Aug. 26, Dan Black (2007-09) ranks second in the Double-A Southern League in RBI (79) and on-base percentage (.411) for the Birmingham Barons (White Sox affiliate). Nick Wittgren (2011-12) has a Florida State League-high 25 saves for the Jamestown Jammers (Miami Marlins affiliate) at the High A level. Schreiber and Wittgren were among the program-record seven Boilermakers selected in the 2012 MLB Draft.