TITANS `09: Logged 27.1
innings in 25 appearances (second on the team) entirely out of the
bullpen Picked up his first collegiate win in his third
appearance of the year, a two-inning, three-strikeout performance
at San Diego State on Feb. 24 Struck out a season-high three
batters on three occasions His longest outing of the year
came on Mar. 7 when he went 2.2 innings in relief in the Titans'
11-6 win over Oral Roberts Allowed just three extra-base
hits (two doubles and a triple) all year Allowed a run in
just four of his 25 appearances.
SANTA ANA COLLEGE:
Played two seasons at Santa Ana College in Santa Ana, Calif.,
under former Titan assistant and long-time Don skipper Don Sneddon
Was named the 2008 Southern California Pitcher of the Year
as well as the Orange Empire Conference Pitcher of the Year
following his sophomore season's 8-4 record with a 3.09 ERA
Struck out 89 in 113.2 innings in 2008 while holding his opponents
to a .231 batting average over 18 appearances Had 3 complete
games including a one-hit shutout against L.A. Harbor on Feb. 9,
2008 Was 1-2 with a 6.04 ERA as a freshman in 13 appearances
out of the bullpen in 2007 Struck out 16 in 28.1 innings for
the Dons, making one start.
EL DORADO HS:Was a
two-year letterwinner in baseball at El Dorado High School in
Placentia, Calif., under Head Coach Steve Gullotti Named the
Century League's Co-Most Valuable Player his senior year in 2006
Was also an All-CIF and all-county player for the Golden
Hawks his senior year.
PERSONAL: Born on Feb.
4, 1988, in Fullerton, Calif. Parents are Ronnie and Rhonda
Mertins Has an older brother (Kurt), a younger brother
(Kent) and a younger sister (Kristi) Full name is Kyle
Robert Mertins Majoring in kinesiology Models his
game after Angels reliever Scot Shields Says his greatest
baseball influence is coaching legend Don Sneddon Favorites
include: Megan Fox (actor), "The Hangover" (movie), Lil Wayne and
Drake (musical artists), Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Detroit
Tigers (teams), facebook.com (websites).
MERTINS' DIV. I CAREER HIGHS
Innings Pitched:2.2, Mar. 7, 2009 at
Strikeouts:3, 3 times, last on May
17, 2009 at UCLA
Hits Allowed:5, 2 times, last on
Apr. 29, 2009 vs. USC
Runs Allowed:4, Mar. 7, 2009 at
Earned Runs Allowed:3, Mar. 7, 2009
at Southern Miss
Walks Allowed:3, Mar. 7, 2009 at