CALIF. -- Four-year varsity letter winner Derek
Eitel (Marshall, Ill.), the first Rose-Hulman
Institute of Technology athlete selected in a professional sports
draft, made his first Class AAA start for the Reno Aces in the
Arizona Diamondbacks organization on July 22.
Eitel tossed six innings and allowed three earned runs with five
strikeouts in a solid first start at the AAA level.
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The Pacific League stands as the highest Minor League level
below the Arizona Diamondbacks Major League roster.
Eitel was selected in the 17th round of the 2010 Major League
Baseball by the Arizona Diamondbacks and began his Minor League
pitching career in Rookie League Missoula and Class A South Bend
This season, Eitel has pitched with the Visalia Rawhide in the
Class A California League, in addition to his previous
appearance for Reno. In his 18 appearances and 15 starts,
Eitel has a 5-6 record with 71 strikeouts in 90.2
innings of work.
At Rose-Hulman, Eitel established
school records for innings pitched (320.1) and wins
(29). Eitel ranks second in school history with 299 career
strikeouts and ranked third in school history with 92 strikeouts in
Eitel helped Rose-Hulman reach
the NCAA Division III Mideast Baseball Regional in 2008, 2009 and
2010, including Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament
titles in 2009 and 2010.
In his NCAA Division III
Tournament career, Eitel finished 2-0 with a 1.11 earned run
average and 26 strikeouts in 24 innings of work. He also
served as the starting pitcher in all three NCAA tournament
victories in Rose-Hulman baseball history.
His baseball honors also
included two first-team all-conference awards and a pair of
all-Mideast Region accolades from the American Baseball Coaches
The two-sport athlete also
completed a four-year varsity career as the team's quarterback in
football. Eitel established career school records with 7,507
passing yards, 576 completions and 52 touchdown
Eitel set Rose-Hulman
single-season school records for passing yards (2,723), touchdowns
(24) and passing efficiency (152.8) last fall. He passed for
a career-high 422-yards in the team's 34-21 victory over Franklin,
and was named HCAC Offensive Player of the Year in 2009.