Oakton Pitcher Drafted by Oakland A’s

Derek De Young helped lead the Raiders to a record 43 wins last season.

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The Oakland A’s drafted Oakton right-handed pitcher Derek De Young in the 18th round of the First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday, June 6.    

De Young, a graduate of Plainfield Central High School, made the most of his sophomore season, leading the Raiders pitching staff in wins (eight), earned run average (2.85) and strikeouts (104).


The Plainfield native, also named to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II All-North Central Region First Team and the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference All-Conference First Team, was the 559th pick in the Major League Baseball draft. His 1.37 strikeouts per inning ranked seventh in NJCAA Division II.

“I’m so proud of Derek,” said Bill Fratto, head coach of the Raiders. “He’s come up big for us all season long and is definitely well-deserving of being drafted.”

In 2012, the Raiders claimed the Illinois Skyway championship and finished the season with a school record 43 wins.


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