Derek Eitel and Keenan Long Making Pro Baseball Inroads


eitelTERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Two members of the 2008, 2009 and 2010 NCAA Division III Baseball Tournament squads from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology continue to make progress in professional baseball.

Derek Eitel set Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology athletic history after being selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 17th round of the Major League Baseball Draft in June 2010.

Eitel has pitched with the Class High A Visalia Rawhide of the California League and has also made two appearances with the Class AAA Reno Aces of the Pacific Coast League in 2011. 

Eitel stands 6-8 overall this season with 87 strikeouts in 109.2 innings of work.  He has made 22 appearances and 18 starts, including a strong six-inning starting performance for Reno in early July. 

In 2010, Eitel's efforts included stops at Missoula, Montana and the team's Class A affiliate team in South Bend.  Eitel, the 511th overall selection of approximately 1,500 players that were chosen in the 2010 draft, became the first Rose-Hulman student-athlete in school history selected in a professional sports draft. 

longKeenan Long, who earned honorable mention All-American honors as Rose-Hulman's catcher in 2010, recently resumed his Frontier League career with the River City Rascals.    

Long slapped a base hit in his first River City at bat  on July 31 and helped lead the team to a 7-0 victory with his defensive efforts behind the plate. 

The mechanical engineering graduate played for the St. George Roadrunners in the Golden League in 2010 and batted .361 in 13 appearances.  He later appeared in 10 games for the San Diego Surfdawgs in the Arizona Winter League, batting .423.