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Here’s a little something I wrote up about Bittle getting drafted. I think he was the first AIA guy taken but I couldn’t confirm that so I didn’t make it visible on the aiabaseball.org website…it’s there though with a picture. Kirk Niuwenhuis (spell check) was No. 100 overall by the Mets. He led the Alaska team to a championship last summer and hit .400 for Azusa Pacific this past year (second only to our boy Brice Cutspec).
“Scott Bittle became the first Athletes in Action Alumn to be selected in the 2008 Major League Baseball draft when he was taken in the second round by the New York Yankees on Thursday. Bittle was the 75th overall selection and highest AIA alumn taken since Josh Donaldson was selected by the Cubs as the No. 48 player in the supplemental first round in 2007.
Bittle, who pitched for AIA’s Mineral Wells Steam in the Texas Collegiate League in the summer of 2006 and 2007, anchored the bullpen for Ole Miss this spring. The senior from Texarkana, Texas, notched eight saves with a 1.78 ERA while striking out 130 batters in 70.2 innings. Bittle was dominant for the Rebels in the post-season, striking out 12 of 13 batters faced in a 4.1 inning appearance against Missouri. Bittle also posted a 7-1 record in 2008 and limited hitters to a .145 batting average.
Bittle joined the Steam from Northeast Texas Community College in 2006 and made the TCL All-Star team as one of the team’s top pitchers. Bittle was limited but participated with the Steam again in 2007 and rejected a free agent contract from the Yankees before returning to Ole Miss for his senior campaign.
Bittle is the highest Mineral Wells Steam player to be drafted, surpassing Texas A&M’s Blake Stouffer and Mercer’s Cory Gearrin, who were both taken in the third round of last year’s draft.”
Now that you’re so close we’ll have to have a visit sometime soon. There are some places here you’ll love. Best yet, we can see so many on horseback! Love Ya Cuz!