TERRE 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 last June.
Eitel has been assigned to the Class A Visalia Rawhide of the
California League within the Diamondbacks organization. He
will begin the season as a member of the team's starting
rotation. Visalia opens the 2011 season with a home contest
on April 7.
Eitel worked out with the Arizona Diamondbacks organization
during the most recent spring training. His 2010 season
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 last spring, became the first Rose-Hulman
student-athlete in school history selected in a professional sports
Keenan Long, who earned honorable mention
All-American honors as Rose-Hulman's catcher last spring, played
for the St. George Roadrunners in the Golden League in 2010 and
batted .361 in 13 appearances.
Long later appeared in 10 games
for the San Diego Surfdawgs in the Arizona Winter League, batting
He has recently signed a
contract with the Rockford Riverhawks and will compete in the
"Rose-Hulman baseball gave me
the opportunity to compete nationally at the Division III
level. Rose-Hulman not only prepared me for an eventual
career in engineering but also cultivated an environment that
provided the opportunity to succeed at the professtional
level. I am extremely grateful for the opportunities that my
experiences at Rose-Hulman have provided," said Long.