WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) — Purdue baseball alumnus Josh Lindblom has been voted in as a starting pitcher for the Korean Baseball Organization's All-Star Game.
Lindblom (2007-08) is enjoying his finest pro season in his first year with the KBO-leading Doosan Bears (53-26). As of July 2, He's 10-2 with a 2.78 ERA and 114 strikeouts vs. 22 walks in 110 innings. His impressive numbers helped earn him 465,254 fan votes plus another 193 player votes. He'll start for Team Dream at the July 14 KBO All-Star Game at Munsu Baseball Stadium in Ulsan, Korea.
The KBO's All-Star Game selection process features fans and players voting on 12 positions, including three spots for pitchers (starter, middle relief, closer). Fan voting accounts for 70 percent and the player vote 30 percent. Lindblom earned 55.14 all-star points, second most in the league behind only his Doosan batterymate Yang Eui-ji (58.42).
Lindblom has pitched in big league games with five Major League Baseball franchises during his career. He signed with the Lotte Giants in December 2014, spending the 2015 and 2016 seasons in Korea. The Pittsburgh Pirates brought him back to affiliated baseball for the 2017 season, leading to stints with both the Indianapolis Indians and Pirates. He returned to the KBO in July of 2017 and signed with Doosan this past December.
Lindblom leads the KBO with 14 quality starts in his 17 appearances this season, including an impressive stretch of 13 straight from March 30 to June 13. He's also first in the 10-team league with a 1.00 WHIP and among the top three in wins, innings, strikeouts and ERA. The right-hander struck out a career-high 13 over eight shutout innings on June 7, pitched eight innings of two-hit ball in another shutout performance on April 13, and surrendered just three hits over six shutout innings in his last outing (June 30).
SMITH LEADING GREAT LAKES LEAGUE IN HITTING
• Patrick W. Smith may have redshirted in his first season as a Boilermaker, but that has not slowed him down this summer for the Richmond Jazz. As of July 2, he's leading the Great Lakes League with a .426 (23-for-54) batting average. The left-handed hitting outfielder was named the league's Player of the Week on July 2 after a 12-for-24 showing over six games to close out June. He registered five doubles, five RBI, five walks and seven runs scored.
• Smith has hit safely in 14 of his 16 games for Richmond, highlighted by a trio of three-hit games. He enters the first full week of July having hit safely and scored a run in each of the last six games. For the summer, nine of his 23 hits have gone for extra bases and he has more walks (9) than strikeouts (6).
• The Great Lakes League All-Star Game is set for Tuesday, July 17 at Prasco Field in suburban Cincinnati. Smith has put himself in position to earn a roster spot.
DALESANDRO ENJOYS HOT START IN PRO BALL
• Nick Dalesandro (2016-18), one of three Boilermakers selected in the 2018 MLB Draft, has hit safely in nine of his first 10 games in the Arizona Diamondbacks farm system. He's 13-for-37 (.351) over his first 10 games of pro ball, including 10-for-28 with the Missoula Osprey since joining the Pioneer League affiliate June 24.
• Dalesandro's Boilermaker batterymate Tanner Andrews (2015-18) earned a save in his June 26 pro debut in the Miami Marlins farm system. That appearance came with the Gulf Coast League Marlins and he was promoted to the Batavia Muckdogs of the New York-Penn League the following day. Fellow 2018 draft pick Jacson McGowan (2016-18) is also playing in the New York-Penn League this summer. However, Andrews' Batavia team and McGowan's Hudson Valley Renegades team in the Tampa Bay Rays system are in different divisions and are not scheduled to play in the regular season.
• McGowan hit his first professional home run in Hudson Valley's July 2 win at Aberdeen, a solo shot in the fourth inning. The Renegades lead the McNamara Division with a 12-5 record.
JOHNSON RETURNS FROM INJURY
• Kyle Johnson's June 20 relief outing for the Gulf Coast League Yankees (East) marked his first game action since the end of the 2016 MiLB season. Purdue's four-year starting center fielder from 2013 to 2016 made the transition to the mound in pro ball, but was sidelined by a shoulder surgery for all of the 2017 season. After completing his rehab in extended spring training this year, Johnson said it felt amazing to be back on the mound for game action.
BRYANT, OLUND FACE EACH OTHER IN FRONTIER LEAGUE
• After being teammates at Purdue for two seasons, Shane Bryant (2015-16) and Alec Olund (2015-18) had an opportunity to face each other in the independent Frontier League on June 22 in Joliet, Illinois. Bryant retired Olund in both at-bats while putting together a quality start (6 IP, 3 H, 1 R), but Olund's Traverse City Beach Bums rallied for two runs in the eighth innings against the Joliet bullpen to end the Slammers' 10-game win streak.
• Olund and Bryant have both been playing well for their teams. Olund quickly earned a starting job in the outfield for Traverse City. He's batting .298 and has hit safely in nine of his 12 games since making his debut June 17. Bryant had three excellent starts in June, working a combined 19 1/3 innings of four-run ball while recording 21 strikeouts vs. five walks over those three outings.
MORE SUMMER AND PRO BALL HIGHLIGHTS
• As of July 2, Owen Jansen is batting .378 (14-for-37) for the Dodge City A's. He's seventh in the Jayhawk League in batting average.
• Andrew Bohm has recorded more strikeouts (16) than hits allowed (15) over 14 innings in his first three starts for the Harrisonburg Turks of the Valley League.
• Since starting the summer 2-for-17, Ben Nisle is batting .440 (11-for-25) in his last nine games for the Palm Springs Power of the Southern California Collegiate League.
• Tyler Powers delivered a go-ahead, two-run single with two outs in the ninth inning of the Lafayette Aviators' 3-2 win at Hannibal on June 25 in Prospect League action.
• Alum Kevin Plawecki (2010-12) hit a game-tying three-run homer in the eighth inning of the June 24 Mets-Dodgers game in New York. He finished the 11-inning thriller 2-for-5 with a double, home run and a season-high four RBI.
• Jordan Minch (2013-14) worked 8 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings over four relief appearances for the Tennessee Smokies from June 14 to 26.