Former Irvine Valley hurler Robert Purpura was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers as a free agent last month and is pitching in the Arizona Instructional League this summer.
Purpura, who pitched for IVC for two years and then moved on to play at Vanguard University for two years, has done quite well for the AZL Dodgers so far.
He has appeared in four games in relief and has yet to give up a run.
His last appearance was on July 19 against the Reds and he went 1 1/3 innings without giving up a hit.
In his debut with the team, on July 6 against the Brewers, Purpura threw in the ninth inning. With a 9-0 lead, he threw a scoreless frame.
He allowed just one hit and faced only three batters. After giving up a lead-off single, Purpura then snagged a ground ball to start a double play. He competed his first inning with the Dodgers by getting a fly out to center field.
So far in four appearances, the 6-0 right-hander has pitched 4 1/3 innings and allowed no runs and just three hits.
He has four strikeouts. And opponents are hitting just .200 against him.
The Dodgers currently have a record of 13-14 in the Central Division of the Arizona League.
Purpura was a all-Golden State Athletic Conference selection as a relief pitcher for Vanguard in 2010 and in 2011 made seven starts on the mound for the Lions and had a 3.35 ERA.
He finished with a 3.88 ERA in two years pitching at Vanguard.
Purpura played at Irvine Valley during the 2007-08 seasons. He was a part of Irvine Valley's special 2008 team that reached the Super Regionals and finished with a record of 32-17 overall.
Purpura had a record of 3-8 on that squad with a 4.61 ERA. He made 23 appearances, which was second best on the team and pitched 84.0 innings with 63 strikeouts.
In 2007, Purpura had a 6-4 record and 6.67 ERA for Irvine Valley's team that had a record of 22-22 overall.