The current incarnation of Purdue baseball is mired in terrible slump. Purdue is 1-11 in the toughest Big Ten in decades, has been swept in four straight weekend series (including one by Butler), and will likely miss the Big Ten Tournament for a third consecutive year after a long run of success. Still, there is good news this weekend.
Kevin Plawecki, the MVP catcher of the 2012 Big Ten Championship team, got the call today and was elevated to the Mets. He will join the team tomorrow and is expected to start Tuesday's game at home against Atlanta for his Major League debut.
Plawecki was a 1st round MLB Draft pick and 35th overall selection in 2012, causing him to leave Purdue a year early. Last season he batted .326 in double-A before moving up to triple-A late in the season for 43 games. Overall he batted .309 with 11 home runs and 64 RBIs across both levels in 101 games. An injury to Travis d'Arnaud got Plawecki the call after eight games this year at triple-A Las Vegas.
Plawecki joins Moose Skowron, Matt Kinzer, Elam Rossy, Archi Cianfrocco, Dave Gassner, Jermaine Allensworth, Jay Buente, and Josh Lindblom as Boilers who have made it to the Major Leagues.
In an interesting twist, I will get to see Plawecki in the Show next week. I have tickets to the Mets at Marlins in Miami on April 27, so I will be wearing some black and gold to welcome him.