We should be winding down another Purdue baseball season, but instead it has been over since a 19-1 win at Western Kentucky on March 8th. That closed the book on a 7-7 abbreviated season, and we didn’t even get to play a home game at Alexander Field.
Still, the last 20 years for Purdue baseball have had some really good highs. The Boilers started the 2001 season with a stunning upset of No. 1 ranked Rice. In 2006 Purdue would win at No. 2 North Carolina early in the season. The 2012 season saw Purdue win a school record 45 games, spend most of the season ranked in the top 15 nationally, earn the first NCAA Tournament win in school history, and end a 103 year Big Ten title drought. Purdue then returned to the NCAA Tournament in 2017, too.
There have been some pretty good players in that time, so Purdue Baseball’s twitter is running a “Build a Ballclub” poll to pick the top player at each position over the last two decades. It started yesterday at catcher and we had a stunning upset. Spencer Ingaldson topped 2012 Big Ten Player of the Year and First Round MLB Draft pick Kevin Plawecki at catcher:
Thanks to everyone that voted in Friday's catcher ballot.— Purdue Baseball (@PurdueBaseball) May 2, 2020
Spencer Ingaldson (2004-07) won with 57% of the vote across Twitter & Google. More on @singaldson to come.
Full Stats & Build A Ballclub Info at Series Home Page
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Today you can vote on the First Base position, with some quality players there. Purdue has produced a couple other Major Leaguers in this time such as Cameron Perkins and Nick Wittgren, as well as several all-time leaders in several statistical categories.
This will be a fun series, so watch Purdue Baseball Twitter over hte next few days.