RICHMOND, Ky. – Former Eastern Kentucky University pitcher Anthony Bazzani has signed a free agent contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Bazzani has been assigned to Arizona’s rookie team in the Arizona League.
Bazzani made his debut on Friday. He did not allow a hit or a walk while pitching a scoreless ninth inning in the D-Backs’ 12-2 victory over the Arizona League Athletics.
The 6-foot-4 right-hander was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 31st round of the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, but decided to return to EKU for his senior season. In his fourth start of the 2013 season Bazzani suffered an arm injury and missed the remainder of the season.
He was granted a sixth year of eligibility and capped his Colonel career by making 17 relief appearances during the 2014 season. Bazzani finished the campaign with an 0-1 record, a 4.30 ERA and a team-best six saves. He had 12 strikeouts in 14 and two-thirds innings of work. Opposing batters hit just .245 against Bazzani. He held opponents scoreless in 12 of his 17 trips to the mound.
As a junior in 2012, the Stockbridge, Georgia native had a 1-1 record, a 3.40 ERA and saved eight games as Eastern won a share of the Ohio Valley Conference Championship. He struck out 29 hitters in 42 and one-third innings.
Following his junior season, Bazzani dominated the Northwoods Summer League. He went 2-1 with a 1.76 ERA while striking out 47 in 30 and two-thirds innings of work. He was chosen as a Northwoods League top prospect by PerfectGame.org and Baseball America.