Derek had 4 college seasons at the University of Louisville where he was named Freshman All-American. He was invited to the Cape Cod League 2010-2011 where he was the Cape Cod League All-Star and Pitcher of the Year for the Chatham Anglers. Drafted in 2011 by the Oakland A's, Derek chose to continue his academic career. He was then drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 9th round of the 2012 draft and held various titles throughout his career including Pitcher of the Year and All-Star.
- 9 Years MiLB playing experience