Brent Yarina, Senior Editor, April 22, 2015

Former Purdue standout and 2012 Big Ten Baseball Player of the Year Kevin Plawecki made his much-anticipated MLB debut Tuesday night.

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Plawecki, the first Purdue MLB position player since 1999, went 2-for-4 and scored a pair of runs in a 7-1 win over rival Atlanta at Citi Field. He also threw out a runner trying to take second base on a pitch in the dirt.

Plawecki entered the season as the Mets' No. 5 prospect, according to, and it sure seems like his manager is excited about the catcher's future.

"He's going to be a big league player for a long time," Terry Collins told "We're very, very lucky that we have the kind of kids that come up and we don't miss a beat."

Here's what Plawecki tweeted before the game: