SDSU's closer as a freshman who could move into the starting rotation in 2014 ... Talented pitcher who began his prep career as an infielder/outfielder and started pitching as a sophomore ... Struck out well over a batter per inning during his high school career (237K's in 177.2 innings) while issuing only 28 walks ... Played for the Bethesda (Md.) Big Train in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League during summer 2013 and was named to the league's South All-Star team ... Compiled a record of 6-2 with a 0.76 earned run average, striking out 56 batters over 47.1 innings ... Was a member of the Rawlings/Perfect Game Preseason California Region All High School Senior Team in 2012 ... Competed for the PlayHard (baseball club) Halos in Pasadena, Calif., during summer 2012 ... Member of the Mariners scout team.
SAN DIEGO STATE 2013
Was selected a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American ... Named to the 2013 all-Mountain West Conference second team ... Recorded 10 saves in his first year of college baseball, a number that led the Mountain West ... Save total ranked sixth on the SDSU single-season list and ties for 10th on the Aztec career list ... Recorded 44 strikeouts over his 35.2 innings with only 14 walks ... Was named the Mountain West Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 18 after recording two saves in the three-game series with nationally-ranked San Diego to open the season ... Made his first collegiate appearance in the ninth inning of the 4-2 win on Feb. 16 ... With SDSU holding a two-run lead, he would face runners at second and third with no outs ... He struck out the next batter before getting a ground ball to first that turned into a double play to end the game ... In the 5-3 victory in the series finale (Feb. 17), he was called out of the bullpen in the ninth with a two-run lead, bases loaded and no outs ... He struck out the next three batters, the No. 2-4 hitters, to preserve the win ... In his two innings of work at USD, he struck out four batters and only gave up two hits.
Played four years of varsity baseball at La Salle High School in Pasadena, Calif., where he was coached by Harry Agajanian ... Was both a pitcher and infielder ... A two-time Division 4 All-CIF selection ... Named the Del Rey League MVP as a senior ... Compiled pitching record of 9-1 with a 0.60 earned run average, striking out 117 batters over 81.2 innings ... Also batted .395 with nine doubles, three home runs and 27 RBI ... Named to the Pasadena Star-News All-Area Team in 2012 ... As a junior went 10-1 with a 0.94 earned run average while hitting .435 with 12 doubles and three home runs ... La Salle's Pitcher of the Year ... Tossed four shutout innings to help the South team defeat the North in second game of North-South series held at San Diego State in June 2011 ... Participated in student government and was a student ambassador at La Salle HS.
Bowdien H. Derby was born Feb. 24, 1994, in Arcadia, Calif. ... Son of Alfred and Julie Derby ... Older sisters Valerie and Kimberly both played soccer and softball in high school ... Favorite athlete is Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter ... Was also recruited by Arizona, Oregon, UC Santa Barbara and Hawai'i ... Hobbies include guitar and classic cars ... Majoring in business administration at San Diego State.