Derek Eitel to Open 2014 Season at Class AAA Reno



RENO, NEVADA -- Four-year varsity letter winner Derek Eitel, the first Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology athlete selected in a professional sports draft, opens the 2014 season with the Class AAA Reno Aces as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.

Eitel enjoyed his best Minor League season in 2013, recording a 6-2 record with a 3.42 earned run average at Class AA Mobile.  He struck out 60 batters in 68.1 innings and held the opposition to a .186 average for the season.

Eitel and his Reno Aces teammates open the 2014 season with a home matchup against El Paso tonight (April 3).

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.

In 2011, he pitched with the Visalia Rawhide in the Class A California League, in addition to making two starts for Reno.  In 2012, he recorded an 8-11 record and a 4.37 earned run average in 25 starts for Mobile.

Eitel's career Minor League statistics include a career record of 26-25 with 313 strikeouts in 415.2 innings of work.  He has made 111 career appearances and 58 starts within the Diamondbacks organization.

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 2010.

Eitel helped Rose-Hulman reach the NCAA Division III Mideast Baseball Regional in 2008, 2009 and 2010, highlighted by 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 Rose-Hulman baseball honors also included two first-team all-conference awards and a pair of all-Mideast Region accolades from the American Baseball Coaches Association.

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 passes.