Kyle Bakker
28
2001-2003
LHP
6-9, 255
Omaha, Neb.
(Millard West)

Class of 2005, B.S. Management.

Tall and imposing southpaw who commands a presence on the mound....Emerged as one of Tech's better weekend starting pitchers during the second half of the 2001 season and became ace of the staff in 2002....Has tremendous deception on the mound and has excellent command of the strike zone....Has improved his velocity from his freshman year.

2004: Assigned to Class A Rome (South Atlantic League) to begin professional career....reassigned to Class A Danville (Appalachian League) 6/18....returned to Rome Braves and announced retirement from professional baseball 7/7.

2003: Pre-season first-team All-America selection by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball....named ACC Pitcher of the Week following 94-pitch complete game shutout in pitching duel with Kyle Sleeth of Wake Forest 4/18....selected by Atlanta Braves in 20th round of June Draft....married following the season, then pitched briefly for Bourne Braves of Cape Cod League during summer....signed with Atlanta in August.

2002: Second team All-America selection by Baseball America and third team choice by Collegiate Baseball....second team All-ACC selection....Named ACC Player of the Week following seven innings of shutout work in season opener at Georgia Southern 2/9....matched school record with four strikeouts in an inning to start 2/22 outing against Coastal Carolina....also equalled career-high with 11 strikeouts in that effort....Named to all-tournament team for the Baseball at the Beach Tournament in Myrtle Beach....turned in first complete game of career 4/12 at Maryland to improve season-opening record to 9-0....dominated during NCAA Tournament retiring first 17 batters faced in compete-game victory vs. Coastal Carolina 5/31 and carrying no-hitter into sixth inning against Florida Atlantic 6/7 in Super Regional....struck out nine over eight shutout innings vs. South Carolina in opening game of College World Series 6/14....spent summer with USA Baseball National Team for tour of United States and Europe....retired 14 of the 17 batters he faced (5 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 8 SO) to get the win as Team USA blanked South Africa 8-0 on 7/20 at Haarlem, The Netherlands.

2001: Freshman All-America selection by Collegiate Baseball....Struck out only batter he faced in relief in collegiate debut 2/10 at Rice....turned in two scoreless innings as starting pitcher vs. Atlanta Braves 3/1 against lineup that included Chipper Jones, Andruw Jones, B.J. Surhoff and Javy Lopez....did not allow a run in first three appearances against collegiate competition....did not issue a walk in first six relief outings....fanned 11 over six innings of work to gain win in first collegiate start 4/11 vs. Georgia Southern....allowed just one run on five hits over eight innings to beat Auburn 4/17....permitted no earned runs in eight innings in Tech's victory at Clemson 4/22....yielded only single unearned run in six innings to pick up win vs. Florida State 4/29....overall, went 4-0 with 1.61 ERA in four April starts against teams which all qualified for NCAA tournament, including 0.45 ERA vs. nationally-ranked Auburn, Clemson and Florida State....did not pitch during post-season due to tendinitis in left elbow....named to the Dean's List for spring semester....also named to ACC Academic Honor Roll for 2000-2001.

High School: Four-year letterwinnner for coach Frank Ryan at Millard West High School....Tabbed as the 63rd best high school prospect in 2000 by Baseball America....Named the Gatorade Player of the Year in Nebraska in both 1999 and 2000....A first-team all-state selection in 1999 and 2000....honorary captain of Omaha World-Herald's All-Nebraska baseball team....went 8-1 with a 1.98 ERA and struck out 87 batters in 60 innings during 2000 high school season....Also named 2000 Nebraska State Player of the Year by USA Today....Posted a combined 24-0 record for his high school and summer teams as a junior...Went 10-0 with an 0.57 ERA and 105 strikeouts in 61 innings for Millard West in 1999....Went 14-0 with a 1.28 ERA and 148 strikeouts in 93 innings in summer ball..... Named to the American Baseball Coaches Association all-America team....Also a three-year starter on Millard West's basketball team....Averaged 24.7 points and nine rebounds a game as a junior....First-team all-state pick in basketball in 1999 and a second-team selection in 2000....37th-round draft pick by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2000 June Draft.

Personal: Kyle Evan Bakker....Born Oct. 21, 1981....Son of Larry and Donita Bakker....Enjoys fishing and hunting....A Dean's List student Majoring in Management.

Statistics
         W-L   ERA   GS-G   CG  SV    IP     H   R  ER  BB  SO   Avg  
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2001     4-1  2.78   16-5    0   0   45.1   49  21  14   9  49  .268 
2002    13-2  3.14   19-19   3   0  134.2  132  58  47  24 115  .250
2003     8-3  4.35   18-17   1   0   93.0   97  54  45  36  80  .263