Four-year varsity letter winner Derek Eitel, the first Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology athlete selected in a professional sports draft, has been selected to the Class AAA All-Star Game as a member of the Reno Aces.
Eitel will represent Reno in the matchup scheduled for Wednesday July 16 at 7 p.m. Eastern Time at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in North Carolina. The game will be broadcast nationally on MLB Network.
Eitel is enjoying his best Minor League season within the Arizona Diamondbacks organization in 2014. His record stands at 5-1 with a 2.70 earned run average, including 60 strikeouts in 46.2 innings of work.
In 2013, Eitel compiled 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 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 31-26 with 373 strikeouts in 462.1 innings of work. He has made 141 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.