Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Derek Eitel's Debut In Major League Baseball

My nephew, Derek Eitel, is entering his sixth year as a minor league pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks at the Diamondbacks' spring training facility in Scottsdale, Arizona. Last year, he was elevated to the Reno Aces, the franchise's triple A baseball team. This week, he was excited to get the opportunity to pitch in a preseason game between the Diamondbacks and the Dodgers, his debut in major league pitching. The two teams have a notorious rivalry. Watch the YouTube clip as Derek is one of four players and coaches to be tossed from the game for hitting a batter. Derek assured his parents tagging the batter was not his intention. The Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks 7-4. The announcer had a little difficulty pronouncing Derek's last name. It's pronounced "Eye-tle."

UPDATE: Here's another video which shows all of Derek's pitches during his brief MLB debut.


Paul K. Ogden said...

This is so cool. Look forward to his making it to the bigs.

Anonymous said...

Good luck to him. Do you mean `hitting a batter'--what is `tagging a batter'?

Gary R. Welsh said...

Thanks for the terminology correction. Yes, hitting.