May 6, 2008
South Bend, IN - Former Brown pitcher Jeff Dietz (Altamonte Springs, FL) made his professional debut for the South Bend Silver Hawks, a Single-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, last week. The Ivy League Pitcher of the Year in 2007, Dietz has made two appearances since being recalled from Extended Spring Training, allowing no earned runs in 3.2 innings.
Dietz began the year working with coaches in Extended Spring Training in Tucson, Ariz. He was recalled to the Silver Hawks, who play in the Class A Midwest League, on April 22, joining a pitching staff that includes the Diamondbacks' number two prospect as rated by Baseball America, Jarrod Parker.
In his debut, Dietz was hung with the loss. Entering in the bottom of the eighth with South Bend leading the Burlington Bees, 2-0, Dietz faced runners on first and second with no outs. Dietz struck out the first batter he faced, but both runners advanced on an error on the play. The next batter singled, scoring both runners to tie the game. Dietz got the next batter to fly out for the second out, but a passed ball during the next at-bat allowed the runner on first to move to second, then scoring on a single. Dietz was then able to retire Mike Moustakas, the second overall pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, to end the inning.
Dietz made his next appearance on May 2, getting right back on the horse and turning in a great performance to pick up his first professional win. He entered the game in another pressure situation, as the Silver Hawks held a one-run lead with one out in the top of the fifth. With a man on first and one out, Dietz got two outs to end the threat, tossing two more scoreless innings to pick up the win, allowing just two hits and striking out two batters.
For the season, Dietz is now 1-1 with a 0.00 ERA, allowing one unearned run. He has three strikeouts in 3.2 innings pitched.
A junior when he signed with Arizona last fall, Dietz will return to Brown in the fall semester to finish his studies and graduate. Although he signed as a rookie free agent after not being selected in the First-Year Player Draft, Dietz received a signing bonus equivalent to what a late-seventh/early-eighth-round pick would receive after an impressive summer pitching for the Wareham Gatemen in the historic Cape Cod League last summer.