Seth Bobbitt

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Seth D. Bobbitt (born March 24, 1979 in Alabaster) is a former baseball pitcher who was drafted from Birmingham-Southern College by the Houston Astros in the 28th round of the 2001 amateur entry draft and spent three seasons in the minor leagues between 2001 and 2005.

At Birmingham-Southern Bobbitt recorded the second most strikeouts in Panthers history with 270. He holds game records for "most strikeouts looking" (5), "most caught stealing by" (3), "most doubles allowed" (4, two times), "most wild pitches" (3), and "most sacrifice hits allowed" (3). He holds the season record for hit batters (15) and wild pitches (13) and is among the workingest pitchers in BSC's recent history with 447 batters faced in his 11-3 2001 season in which the Panthers won the NAIA national championship. As a member of that team he was inducted into the BSC Sports Hall of Fame.

Bobbitt played two years in the Astros system, first as a reliever for the Pittsfield (Pennsylvania) Astros where he racked up 5 saves in 8 appearances with an ERA of 1.61. In his next year with the Lexington (Kentucky) Legends he joined the starting rotation, going 7-4 in 14 appearances with a 3.08 ERA.

Bobbitt suffered a torn rotator cuff during the 2003 season and did not play for two years. He was signed again by the Atlanta Braves when he was clocked throwing 96 MPH at a tryout camp at Georgia Southern University. He was named one of the top 5 prospects from that year's pre-draft workouts by TeamOneBaseball.com. He advanced quickly through the ranks in the Braves organization. With the Low-A Rome Braves he allowed 1 hit in 3 innings of work with no runs. For the High-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans he went 3-0 in 9 games with an ERA of 4.58. On August 21 he was promoted to the AA Mississippi Braves where he made his final two professional appearances.

Bobbitt was highly critical of Birmingham-Southern's decision to move out of Division I in 2006.

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References

  • Perrin, Mike (May 27, 2006) "BSC opts for Division III". Birmingham News.