Odom Agrees to Terms with Evansville Otters
MACON, Ga. – Another Mercer baseball player is going to have a shot at playing pro ball after senior relief pitcher J.T. Odom agreed to terms with the Evansville Otters of the Frontier League on Wednesday afternoon.
Odom will travel up to Evansville on June 20 to sign his contract and begin his assignment for the Otters, who have already started their 2011 campaign.
“I already have a great degree from Mercer that I can fall back on, but the chance to play for Evansville is a once and a lifetime opportunity I had to take,” Odom said. “In the end I get a shot at pro ball and am living out my dream so I am excited at what lies ahead. Hopefully I can go up there and pitch well and possibly get signed by a minor league affiliated club.”
Odom had a career year for the Bears as a senior, piling up numbers that rivaled the best relievers in the country. The St. Marys, Ga. native compiled a 2-2 record with a 2.11 ERA while ranking tied for eighth in the A-Sun with eight saves. Odom led the team with 73 strikeouts and 35 appearances, and for his career finished third on the A-Sun all-time appearances list with 109 relief outings.
The Frontier League was formed in 1993 and is a professional independent baseball organization located in the Midwestern United States. Though not part of the official minor league system, its level of play is considered comparable to low A-level. The league consists of 12 teams and has influence in major markets including Chicago, St. Louis and Cincinnati.