Pittsburgh Pirates sign top RCC baseball prospect

Posted: June 25, 2015 | Updated: July 8, 2015 | Written by Edith Noriega

Riverside City College left-handed pitcher Austin Sodders, was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 22 in the 17th round draft pick.

“When I received the call I was drafted I was walking out of my classroom from finals,” Sodders said.

Sodders racked up eye catching numbers during his time as a RCC pitcher.

During his first appearance this season against Cuesta College Sodders managed to pitch nine-complete innings allowing one run on five hits.

That was just the beginning for the 20-year-old.

Sodders went on to win the next six games in a row for his team, with his most notable one against the Irvine Valley Lasers on March 21.

He pitched eight solid innings allowing three hits, in the second, fourth and seventh inning.

Sodders finished his Tigers baseball career 7-1 with a 2.03 earned run average in 79.2 innings.

“I did not put any pressure on myself to work harder other than wanting to compete to the best of my ability,” Sodders said.

He went on to pitch two complete games and two eight shut-out innings.

As of July 1 Sodders does not think he will sign this year with the Pirates.

He is currently playing in the Cape Cod Baseball League.