Alabama Pitcher Nick Eicholtz Drafted in 13th Round of 2016 MLB Draft
Alabama starting pitcher Nick Eicholtz was drafted by the Miami Marlins in the 13th round of the 2016 MLB First Year Draft. Eicholtz is the second member of the 2015-16 Crimson Tide roster to be drafted after Thomas Burrows was taken on Friday afternoon.
Eicholtz wraps up his three-year career at the Capstone at 10-6 with a 2.91 ERA (46 ER/142.1 IP) and limited the opposition to a .219 average against. He recorded 39 total appearances on the mound, making 26 starts, and struck out 103 batters. Eicholtz improved on his stats each season with the Tide and blossomed into one-third of the Crimson Tide’s standout weekend rotation in 2016.
Alabama’s Sunday starter during the 2016 campaign, Eicholtz shined in his final season. The junior right-hander set career-highs in nearly every pitching metric, finishing with a team-low 2.30 ERA (17 ER/66.2 IP) across his 12 starts, a total that ranked third among all Southeastern Conference starters. Eicholtz limited opposing hitters to a .227 average and recorded 38 strikeouts in the process. In conference play, the Odessa, Fla., native allowed only 15 earned runs across his 51.0 innings of work for a 2.65 ERA that ranked seventh against SEC opponents. He did not allow more than one earned run in seven of his nine conference starts, and tossed a gem in the SEC Tournament against Kentucky to advance the Crimson Tide to the double-elimination portion of the tournament.