We continue the countdown today at number 87 with Garrett Wittels of Florida International. He is from Bay Harbor Islands, Florida and attended Dr. Michael Krop High school in Miami, Florida. He posted a .420 average with six homers and 29 RBI as a senior. He was named Second Team All-Miami Dade by the Miami Herald while he was named to the Third team as a sophomore and junior.
He decided to continue his baseball career at Florida International. As a freshman in 2009, Wittles appeared in 46 games (30 starts) as he hit .246 with a homer and 16 RBI. He struggled mightily in the field though as he made 15 errors while having a fielding percentage of .877.
Wittels had a breakout season in 2010 as he hit .412 with two homers and 60 RBI as he started all 56 games for the Panthers. In each of those games, he had at least one hit as he ended the season on a 56 game hitting streak which is the second longest in NCAA history only behind Oklahoma State’s Robin Ventura 58 games streak during the 1987 season. He improved on his defense as he made 13 errors in his 56 games while having a fielding percentage of .941. The Sun Belt honored him as the Conference Player of the Year and to the All-SBC Tournament Team. He was also named to several All-American teams by Baseball America (second base, third team), Louisville Slugger(third base, first team), PING! Baseball (utility, first team), American Baseball Coaches Association(ABCA)/Rawlings (utility, second team) and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America (NCBWA)(second base, second team).
He spent the summer of 2010 in the Alaskan Summer League with the Peninsula Oilers as he hit .254 with 16 RBI and stealing seven bases.
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