Derek Eitel to Open 2016 Season at AAA El Paso

Derek Eitel to Open 2016 Season at AAA El Paso

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EL PASO, TEXAS -- Four-year varsity letter winner Derek Eitel, the first Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology athlete selected in a professional sports draft, will open the 2016 season with the Class AAA El Paso Chihuahuas as a member of the San Diego Padres organization on April 7.

Eitel pitched the entire 2014 season at the AAA level for the Reno Aces in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, finishing 5-1 with a 2.70 earned run average and 23 strikeouts in 46.2 innings of relief work.  He bounced between the AA and Rookie leagues between the Diamondbacks and Milwaukee Brewers organizations in 2015.

Eitel was named to the AAA All-Star Game in 2014 after compiling a 6-2 record with a 3.42 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 68.1 innings at Class AA Mobile in 2013.  His career Minor League numbers include a 32-28 record in 165 career appearances and 59 starts.  He has 403 career strikeouts in 491.1 innings of work.

El Paso opens the 2016 season with an away game against Eitel's previous team in Reno on Thursday at 7:35 p.m. Pacific Time.

Eitel was selected in the 17th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball by the 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 ERA in 25 starts for Mobile.

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 the first 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.