WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) – Following an impressive start to his second full season of pro ball, Purdue baseball alumnus Cameron Perkins has been promoted to the Triple-A level in the Philadelphia Phillies’ farm system.
Perkins (2010-12) joined the Lehigh Valley IronPigs of the Triple-A International League Tuesday (June 3) and went 1-for-4 as the starting right fielder. He was batting .342 with 23 extra-base hits, 20 walks and 34 RBI in 52 games for the Reading Fightin Phils at Double-A this season. His 19 doubles were tops in the Eastern League at the time of his promotion.
Perkins joins a Lehigh Valley team that has compiled a 30-29 record and is in fourth place in the North Division of the International League. He has been primarily an outfielder at the pro level and the IronPigs have an injury-depleted outfield right now. Former big leaguer Clete Thomas is currently on the disabled list, and Darin Ruf and Tyson Gillies each had to leave Tuesday’s game early due to leg ailments.
Perkins joins fellow Purdue alumni Josh Lindblom (2007-08) and Dan Black (2007-09) as former Boilermakers playing at the Triple-A Level. Lindblom is a starting pitcher for the Sacramento River Cats (Oakland A’s affiliate) in the Pacific Coast League and Black is a switch-hitting first baseman/DH for the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox affiliate) of the International League.
Perkins was leading the Florida State League (High A) in batting average (.337) and hits (67) when he suffered a broken arm in late May of last season. He finished his 2013 campaign playing in the prestigious Arizona Fall League.
Perkins’ former classmate Kevin Plawecki (2010-12) had another big game Tuesday (June 3) for the Double-A Binghamton Mets of the Eastern League. The catcher recorded the first four-hit game of his pro career, finishing the night 4-for-5 with a home run, walk, four RBI and three runs scored. Plawecki batted .359 with 15 extra-base hits and 28 RBI in the month of May and for the season has compiled an impressive slash line of .335/.367/.524.
“It felt good; just got some good pitches to hit and they were lucky enough to find some holes for me. One hit a day is nice, let alone four,” Plawecki told MiLB.com after Tuesday’s game. “Guys in front of me are just getting on base. I’ve been put in a lot more RBI situations. I missed out on some opportunities. There wasn’t a whole lot of them with [Matt] Clark hitting all the home runs in front of me. After that first month, guys have been getting on base and it’s just allowing me the opportunity to drive them in.”
In independent ball, Robert Ramer (2010-13) had another impressive start for the Evansville Otters of the Frontier League. He worked seven innings of five-hit ball in a 1-0 shutout win at the Florence Freedom May 31. Ramer has compiled a 2.49 ERA with 18 strikeouts vs. 17 hits allowed in his 21 2/3 innings pitched for Evansville this season. The Otters have won each of the first four games in which he has taken the mound.