Congratulations to former LVBA and Allentown Railers' player Brett Bittiger, who was selected in the 40th round by the Oakland Athletics in the MLB draft over the weekend... Online article courtesy of the Pace University site here:
Pace Baseball’s Brett Bittiger ’15 Selected by Oakland Athletics in 2016 MLB Draft
SECAUCUS, N.J. – Shortstop Brett Bittiger (Saylorsburg, PA / Pius X) '15, who recently completed his final collegiate season with the Pace University baseball team as a graduate student in 2016, was selected in the 40th round of the 2016 Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft on Saturday, June 11, by the Oakland Athletics. The Saylorsburg, Pa. native was drafted by the Athletics back in the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Pius X High School in the 41st round, but chose to pursue a collegiate career at Division I Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Bittiger was taken with pick 1192 in this year's MLB Draft by the Oakland Athletics organization. Bittiger has been the everyday shortstop for Pace since transferring from Fairleigh Dickinson prior to the 2014 season. He started 107 of the 108 games in which he played over three years for the Setters, locking down the left side of second base with an impressive .944 career fielding percentage at Pace. Bittiger led all Northeast-10 Conference shortstops with a .955 fielding percentage and 3.26 assists per game in 2016. Pace led the NE-10, and ranked eighth in the nation with a .973 team fielding percentage.
Bittiger's father, Jeff Bittiger, pitched professionally for 20 years, including four seasons in MLB. He was a member of the 1987 Minnesota Twins' World Series Championship team.
Pace University last had a student-athlete selected in the MLB Draft back in 2014 when David Pepe '14 was picked by the Toronto Blue Jays with the 924th overall pick in the 31st round.