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  Derek Witt

Derek  Witt

Player Profile


Powell, Ohio

High School:
Olentangy HS

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 180




2006 MLB Draft: Was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 28th Round of the 2006 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

2006: Led Ohio - and ranked third in the MAC - with a career-high 91.2 innings pitched ... Also paced Ohio with six wins, 13 games started, 66 strikeouts and 22 strikeouts looking ... Went 4-2 with a 4.87 ERA in nine MAC starts ... Averaged 7.0 innings per game and went 8.0 or more innings in six of his last eight starts ... Was Ohio's team-leader with four quality starts ... Struck out seven or more batters four times - including a season-high 10 against Otterbein on March 4 ... Finished with a 3-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (66:21) ... Closed out his career ranked sixth on Ohio's all-time list for innings pitched at 260.1.

2005: Got the ball in a team-high 11 games as the staff's regular Friday starter ... Went 6-4 with a 3.13 ERA ... Led the team in innings pitched (92) and strikeouts(73) ... Threw four complete games - including three in conference play - and had one shutout against IPFW ... In the IPFW start he had nine strikeouts while giving up only four hits ... Finished with a 3.5-to-1 strikeouts-to-walk ratio ... Averaged 7.0 innings per start on the season and 8.0 in MAC games ... Registered 7.1 strikeouts per nine innings ... Didn't allow an earned run in the first inning of each of his 11 starts ... Pitched 8.0 innings or more in six of his last eight starts ... Averaged 13.8 groundouts vs. 4.6 flyouts per game ... Didn't allow an earned run in a complete game against Marshall ... Recorded 10 strikeouts while giving up only one earned run in 7.2 innings against Eastern Michigan on April 8.

2004: Finished with a 5-4 record and a 3.35 ERA ... His ERA was seventh in the MAC ... Led the team in appearances with 19, including two starts ... Recorded seven relief appearances of 4.0 or more innings ... Against Kent State on April 3, came out of the bullpen for a rare nine-innings relief stint and allowed five runs - four earned - on eight hits ... Earned his first collegiate win against archrival Miami on March 28, coming out of the bullpen for 4.2 scoreless innings yielding just one hit ... In his first collegiate start at Eastern Michigan on April 10, went 6.0 innings for a win allowing five runs - four earned - on six hits ... Tossed his first collegiate complete game shutout against IPFW on May 16, pitching 7.0 innings scattering just four hits with no walks and five strikeouts ... Named MAC East Division Pitcher of the Week for that performance ... Did not allow a run over his last 16 innings of work - three relief appearances and one start ... Also had a stretch of 11-scoreless innings of work in three relief appearances from March 21-28.

2003: Appeared in one game against Miami on March 30 and allowed four runs in 1.1 innings pitched while striking out a pair.

HIGH SCHOOL: Batted .382 with three home runs and 27 RBIs and went 3-4 with a 2.16 ERA as the team captain at Olentangy High School as a senior ... First-team all-conference and an all-district second baseman ... Graduated with honors and was a member of National Honor Society ... Two-year letterwinner in baseball ... Also lettered in football and was a two-year captain of the hockey team.

PERSONAL: Marketing major ... Son of Mike & Jennifer Witt ... Brother, Bryant, is a junior shortstop ... Sister, Tara, is a freshman on the Toledo soccer team ... Born on Dec. 31, 1983.