Former Pitt ace Mitch Myers has officially moved on to his professional career after signing for $125,000 with the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday afternoon, exactly one week after he was drafted. His rookie contract is the seventh-largest ever signed by a drafted Pitt baseball player.
— Noah Sharp (@The_Noah_Sharp) July 20, 2021
Myers was selected in the 12th round by Oakland, pick no. 368 overall. He was the only Panther taken in the 2021 MLB Draft and is the earliest Pitt draft pick since 2018, when R.J. Fredure went in the sixth round, 192nd overall to the Astros.
Myers, a native of Lanette, Alabama who came to Pitt by way of Florida Southwestern Community College, spent just one full season as a Panther. His 2020 season was cut short, but he made the most of his 2021 campaign.
He finished the year with a 5-5 record, a 3.21 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 3.6.
As the Friday night starter for this year’s Pitt team, Myers matched up with some of the best pitchers in the country and thrived. He burst onto the national stage early in the season with six shutout innings and 13 strikeouts against then No. 9 Florida State and a complete game win vs. Virginia. Myers capped 2021 by throwing 4 ⅔ innings and surrendering just two runs on only three days’ rest in the ACC Tournament opener vs. North Carolina.
He helped lead the Panthers to one of their most successful seasons in recent memory. They amassed program records in the national polls, Quad 1 wins and conference series victories.