Huntington University has announced that Peru High School senior catcher/pitcher Derek McKinney has committed to play baseball
at HU this fall. In 2010 the right hander was 6-3 with a 4.49 ERA. In 48.1 innings pitched, McKinney had 49 strikeouts. Offensively he hit .390 with five home runs and 26 RBI.
“We are very happy that Derek has chosen Huntington University,” says head baseball coach Mike Frame. “He brings a lot to the table for our program. He is very athletic and has a very strong arm. We will probably look at him more as an outfielder/pitcher just because of our roster make up, but he can impact our program in a variety of ways. He is an outstanding young man and will fit in well with the players that return and other new recruits this fall. We are excited to look at him in different situations in the fall.”
Huntington University is a member of the Mid Central Conference (MCC) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). On the baseball field HU has captured the MCC season regular season championship or conference tournament championship 28 times in 50 years, including a conference tournament championship in 2010. The conference championship qualified the Foresters for the national tournament. The HU baseball program has had eight former players go on to careers in professional baseball, including Heath Luther with the Anaheim Angels in 2001 and Greg Slee with the Seattle Mariners in 2004.
Huntington University is a Christian liberal arts college located in Huntington, IN, with an enrollment of approximately 1100 students. Athletically, HU competes in fourteen intercollegiate sports for both men and women.
Derek is the son of Lew and Angel McKinney of Peru, Ind.