The Purdue North Central baseball team is excited to announce another player joining the professional baseball ranks. Right handed pitcher Donavon Rigel (Auburn Hills, MI) recently signed a contract to play for the Douglas Diablos of the Pecos League in Arizona.
For the Panthers this season, Rigel started every game that he pitched in. After healing an oblique injury early in the season he settled in very nicely, appearing in 5 games on the year. In those 5 starts, the right hander earned a 2-2 record and a 3.22 ERA in his senior season, including one complete game shutout against conference foe Roosevelt University.
Rigel marks the seventh player in eight years from the program to sign a professional contract. He joins the ranks of Spencer Anderson (2013), Shane Prance (2012), Nate Bryan (2011), Chris Schultz (2009), and Steve Georgian & Steve Hudson from 2007. Being a small college program, the Panthers are proud to boast the accomplishment of providing numerous players the opportunity to move on and play at the next level while earning a Purdue degree.
The Diablos are a first year team in the Pecos League and will compete in the south division for their inaugural season. Rigel's role as a starter or reliever on the team has not yet been determined. Currently the team is playing preseason exhibition games with their season opening up on May 14 against the Bisbee Blue.
For more information on his progress with the Douglas Diablos follow at www.douglasdiablos.com.