Mitch Elliott hit .444 and claimed Most Outstanding Player honors at the 2014 BIG EAST Tournament.
SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Former Xavier baseball outfielder Mitch Elliott, the Most Outstanding Player of the 2014 BIG EAST Tournament, signed his first professional contract with the Saint Paul Saints on Saturday.
Along with Vinny Nittoli, who is in his first year with the Seattle Mariners organization, Elliott becomes the second player off last season's BIG EAST Champion squad to sign a pro deal.
"I am very excited for Mitch," said head coach Scott Googins. "He has earned this opportunity through hard work and perseverance, overcoming a lot of injuries and obstacles to get where he is today. I'm just really proud of him."
The Saints are a independent professional team based in Saint Paul, Minn. and are members of the North Division of the American Association of Professional Baseball.
Despite an injury-riddled senior year, Elliott hit .307 for Xavier in 23 regular season games and caught fire during the postseason. At the program's first-ever BIG EAST Conference Tournament, Elliott went 8-for-18 (.444) with four RBI and three runs to help the Musketeers to the league crown and an NCAA Tournament berth.
The summer before his senior campaign, Elliott was named the top prospect and an All-Star in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League after hitting .358 with the Brockton Rox. He led the team with 33 RBI, while also hitting three home runs and scoring 25 times.
For his career, Elliott was a .271 hitter with four home runs and 31 RBI and 28 stolen bases.