Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
1s 35 New York Mets Kevin Plawecki C Ind. $1,400,000
Purdue is steaming toward its first Big Ten Conference regular-season championship in 103 years, thanks in large part to Plawecki, an offensive-minded catcher with enough defensive savvy to make it to the majors as a regular behind the plate. Plawecki has a mature approach, focusing on staying inside the ball and driving it back up the middle. Scouts marvel at his ability to make contact, as he has struck out just 28 times in 154 games over three seasons with the Boilermakers. A 6-foot-1, 215-pound righthanded hitter, he could develop average power once learns to backspin balls and turn on pitches. Defensively, Plawecki has fringe arm strength that plays up thanks to a quick release, and he has thrown out 40 percent of basestealers while making just one error this spring. He throws from a low three-quarters slot that costs him velocity and accuracy, and he developed a tired arm when he used a more traditional release point. He's an efficient receiver who calls his own pitches and takes charge of his pitching staff. Add it all up, and Plawecki draws comparisons to a righthanded-hitting version of A.J. Pierzynski.
6 218 Philadelphia Phillies Cam Perkins 3B Ind. $152,900
The most dangerous hitter on a Purdue team that won its first Big Ten Conference regular season title in 103 years, Perkins homered in his first college game and has been a consistent threat ever since. A confident hitter who isn't afraid to attack early in the count or out of the strike zone, he has a quick righthanded swing and a 6-foot-5, 200-pound frame that gives him the strength and long levers to drive the ball. He can get too aggressive and likely will have to make adjustments to his swing and approach in pro ball, though he hasn't run into trouble yet. Perkins' hands, arm and speed are all decent to average. He's unorthodox at third base but gets the job done, though scouts aren't enamored of his low arm slot on throws. If he can't handle the hot corner, left field would be the next option. He gets high marks for his makeup and baseball savvy, and in a weak year for college bats he shouldn't get past the fifth round.
9 287 Miami Marlins Nick Wittgren RHP Ind. $128,800
Not only did Purdue end a 103-year Big Ten Conference title drought this spring, but it also should have three players selected in the top 10 rounds of the draft for the first time ever. Catcher Kevin Plawecki and third baseman Cameron Perkins do most of the heavy lifting for the offense, while Wittgren has been lights out as a closer in two years with Boilermakers and in the Cape Cod League last summer. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder repeatedly gets swings and misses with his fastball, which sits at 88-91 mph and peaks at 93. His deceptive delivery allows his heater to jump on hitters and seem much quicker. His curveball is an average second pitch, a hard 76-80 mph breaker that he can throw for strikes. A good athlete, Wittgren was better known as a shortstop in high school and became a full-time pitcher at Parkland (Ill.) JC in 2010.
23 706 Pittsburgh Pirates Lance Breedlove RHP Ind.
29 885 San Diego Padres Eric Charles 2B Ind.
30 936 Texas Rangers Barrett Serrato OF Ind.
40 1210 Minnesota Twins Brad Schreiber RHP Ind.