BASEBALL: Watching Scott Bittle

I talked with Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco a little bit yesterday. His family is on vacation at Perdido Key, near Orange Beach, but I caught him between thunder showers with a text message, and he called back.

There’s no real movement between Scott Bittle and the Yankees. Bianco doesn’t know how things will play out, but Bittle faces an Aug. 15 deadline to sign or make plans to return to school for his senior season.

Obviously Ole Miss baseball would benefit greatly by his return, but that’s disappointing news for any kid that prepares and plans for this time in his life, has the absolutely superb season that Bittle did and isn’t able to take that next step.

The sticking point appears to be the Yankees’ interpretation of an MRI on Bittle’s shoulder. Bittle had no major injury in college, but the MRI is common before teams invest a lot of money in their draft picks. The Yankees took Bittle in the second round.

Bittle had the most dominant season of any college pitcher I’ve covered with a 1.78 ERA in 70 2-3 innings, 130 strikeouts to 30 walks — almost two strikeouts per inning — and an opponents’ batting average of .145.

He was versatile as well, getting it done in long or short relief. That’s why Bianco will toy with the idea of making him a starter if he returns for 2009.

“That would be very hard to do, because of the kind of season he just had. He was so very good out of the pen,” Bianco said.

— PA

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3 Responses to “BASEBALL: Watching Scott Bittle”

  1. jwbreb Says:

    Come back Scott. We need you.

  2. cr Says:

    Not good for Scott. Once baseball people categorize you it is hard to change perception. That MRI has cost him a lot of money. I would love to see him toe the rubber on Friday nights next year but that is a selfish view. He has got to fix the MRI problem.

  3. Bob Michaels Says:

    He should sign with the Yankees, when he proves his shoulder is healthy the big bucks and fame will follow.

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