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Monday July 17, 2017
Swift Current, SK - The Okotoks Dawgs are pleased to announce that Andrew Kittredge, a right-handed pitcher with the red and white in 2011, has been called up from the Triple-A Durham Bulls to throw for the Tampa Bay Rays.
With Okotoks, the Spokane, Washington native tossed 30.2 innings, striking out 26 while allowing just 12 runs. His ERA sat at 3.52 over the course of the campaign.
Longtime assistant coach Dave Robb was inside the dugout in 2011, and reflected on Kittredge’s time in Okotoks.
“He came in late, because just like any D1 type of guy, good quality guy, they are hard to get sometimes,” he said.
“I remember he was a big, strong kid. He threw hard, sinker, slider guy. Really, he was a dominant force … you could see there was something there. He was low 90’s at the time.”
Aside from his velocity, what made Kittredge stand out was his work ethic and his ability to handle himself on the mound in high-leverage situations.
“He was an older guy, so it was that kind of thing, he already had his routine, he already knew that he could pitch at that level,” Robb said.
“It was just the fact that he didn’t get drafted, so we got him, and he had that chance to pitch for us and showcase enough that he got an opportunity and good for him, we are really happy for him.”
In his senior season with the Washington Huskies, Kittredge totalled 97 strikeouts in 20 games -- the eighth most in the Pac-12 -- while leading the team in victories.
The 6’1”, 200-pounder played six seasons in the minors with the Seattle Mariners organization -- where he was an All-Star -- before a five-player trade with the Rays landed him in Durham. With the Bulls in 2017, Kittredge sported a 5-1 record with a 1.90 ERA in 30 games before receiving the call up.
Kittredge isn’t the only one from the 2011 club making a name for himself in the professional ranks, as teammate Jordan Prosychen is currently working his way through the Boston Red Sox organization.
For Robb, watching former Dawgs go through the system and into Major League Baseball is satisfying, and believes a handful of players on the 2017 club share similarities to those who have taken the next step.
“For anybody, that’s huge. So that’s another mark on the wall for the Dawgs,” he said.
“Anthony Balderas is a case now, Justin Vernia is a case now, if they can just get that opportunity, they may have that chance .. They both go about their business as professionals, they are professional-type players, and that’s what [Kittredge] was.”
Okotoks begins their Saskatchewan road trip tomorrow against the Yorkton Cardinals. First pitch flies at 7:05pm.