Thanks to Purduesports.com, we now know the minor league assignments of several former Boilermakers. Currently, there are no Purdue alumni in the major leagues. Rarely do we have more than one at any given time. That could change this year as nine players are in the minor leagues and five of them are at the double-A level or higher. Only one has Major League experience, but that could easily change.
Here is the full list:
Matt Bischoff - Seattle Mariners - Bischoff was the staff ace a season ago before joining the Pulaski mariners of the Appalachian Rookie League. He was 4-4 there in 17 appearances with five saves, and that was good enough to earn promotion to the Clinton LumberKings of the Class A Midwest League. Already he is 0-1 on the year, giving up a three runs (one earned) in two innings Saturday. Since Bischoff is in the Midwest league he'll be playing close to Purdue in both Ft. Wayne and South Bend.
Dan Black - Chicago White Sox - Dan was quite the slugger three seasons ago, hitting 18 home runs with 70 RBI as he terrorized the Big Ten. Unfortunately, he has struggled at the next level and has not advanced beyond the Class A level. He is spending another year with the Kannapolis Intimidators. He batted .288 last year at the rookie league level (a step back from Kannapolis the year before) with six homers and 33 RBI. Kannapolis plays in the Class A South Atlantic League, and Black is just 1 for 11 on this season.
Jay Buente - Florida Marlins - Buente is Purdue's most recent MLB call-up, pitching in eight games with no record and a 6.55 ERA in 11 innings last year for Florida. He made his Major League debut on May 27th of last season, but spent most of the year at Triple-A New Orleans. That is where he begins this year as Purdue's highest level player. He has made two appearances already with a 6.75 ERA in 2 and 2/3 innings pitched.
Jordan Comadena - Houston Astros - Comadena had a rough year last year with a .156 average in 40 games Between Class-A and High-A ball. He begins this year at High-A in the California League with the Lancaster JetHawks. As one of three catchers on the roster he has yet to play.
Brandon Haveman - Seattle Mariners - Haveman has seen his career advance at every level of the minors since making his pro debut in 2009. Last season he batted .296 for the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx of the Southern League, but Seattle switched their affiliation to the Jackson Generals this season. That is where Haveman begins this year at the AA level. He is just 1 for 12 on the young season, but he has had four at bats in three games.
Mitch Hilligoss - Texas Rangers - Hilligoss once had a 30+ game hitting streak while he was in the Yankees organization, but as a third baseman it is very hard to reach the Majors when the highest paid player in the game plays your position on the parent team. He has since moved to the Rangers organization, where he begins the year with the Frisco Roughriders of the double-A Texas League. He batted .304 there last year in 24 games after spending most of the year with the High-A Bakersfield Blaze. He has yet to bat on the season.
Josh Lindblom - Los Angeles Dodgers - For awhile last year it looked as if Lindblom would make his Major League debut. He spent most of the year with the Albuquerque Isotopes in Triple-A. He was 3-2 with a 6.40 ERA in 40 games with 10 starts. This year he is back in the bullpen with two appearances for the Chattanooga Lookouts of the Double-A Southern League. He has a 6.75 ERA in two appearances and four innings pitched. He took the loss yesterday too.
Andy Loomis - Florida Marlins - Loomis begins the year on the disabled list after splitting time between double-A and High-A last season. He was 2-2 in 36 appearances for the Jupiter Hammerheads of the Florida State League. That is where he will start this season once he comes off of injury.
Dan Sattler - Los Angeles Angels - Sattler is a double-A prospect with the Angels after going 1-2 in 33 appearances at the same level last season. He also earned a save with a 4.17 ERA. He gave up four runs in his first outing of the season, however, pitching two innings to have a ballooned 18.00 ERA.