Christian Camacho didn’t take the standard route to his junior season of college baseball.
Coming out of Elk Grove Village High School near Chicago, Camacho committed to SEC power Auburn and starting mid-week games as a freshman in 2017.
But he didn’t see a future with the Tigers, so he transferred to Northwest Florida State, a junior college, where he struck out more than a batter per inning.
Needing to replace most of his starting rotation from 2018, Pitt pitching coach Jerry Oakes reached out to Camacho, and got him on campus, where Camacho fell in love with Pitt and Pittsburgh.
He came to the team without any promises of playing time, but through two weekends, has carved out a role as a Saturday starter for the Panthers, following ace Dan Hammer in the rotation.
Here’s Camacho on his long journey to Pitt, fitting into a new team for the third time in three years and his excitement about getting to compete in the ACC: