MOBILE, ALA. -- Four-year varsity letter winner
Derek Eitel (Marshall, Ill.), the
first Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology athlete selected in
a professional sports draft, helped the Class AA Mobile
BayBears earn the Southern League South Division
Championship during the first half of the
Eitel leads the pitching staff with 71.1 innings pitched and 12
starts for a team that finished 40-30 over the first half of the
season. He has compiled a 4.29 earned run average with 44
strikeouts and just 27 walks this spring.
Eitel is completing his third year of Minor League Baseball,
having progressed through the Arizona Diamondbacks organization
after becoming the first Fightin' Engineer student-athlete selected
in a professional draft.
The right-hander was a 17th round selection of Arizona in the
2010 Major League Baseball Draft. Prior to this season, Eitel
has pitched for two years in Rookie and Class A Leagues, along with
two appearances at Class AAA Reno.
The BayBears play in the Southern League of Class AA
baseball and stands two steps below the Diamondbacks
Major League roster. The team has clinched a bid to the
Southern League Playoffs in September by winning the first half
Eitel has compiled a career Minor League record of 18-16
in three seasons in Missoula, South Bend, Visalia, Reno and
Mobile. He has struck out 206 batters in 268.1
career innings of Minor League work.
At Rose-Hulman, Eitel established school
records for innings pitched (320.1) and wins (29). He
ranks second in school history with 299 career strikeouts and
ranked third in single-season school history with 92
strikeouts in 2010.
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). 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.