Freshman shortstop Derek Vigoa was chosen Rookie of the Year – Penn’s second winner of the award. He joins pitcher Todd Roth as Quakers who were honored as the best first-year player in the city. Vigoa was also named All-Big 5 as well. Earlier this year, Vigoa was named second-team All-Ivy.
The rookie started every one of Penn’s 41 games at short and hit .336. He connected for 18 doubles in his rookie campaign, a mark which is tied for third-most in a season by a Penn player.
“It is a great honor for Derek to be named Rookie of the Year,” W. Joseph Blood Head Coach of Baseball John Cole said. “This award is well-deserved and Derek has a bright future for the Red and Blue.”
Joining Vigoa on the All-Big 5 team is junior Tom Grandieri. A dual-threat for Penn as both a left-handed hitting rightfielder and lefty pitcher, Grandieri led the Quakers in most offensive categories. He batted .357 for the season with 19 doubles – second-most by a Quaker in a single season. 19 doubles also ranks him seventh-best by an Ivy player in a single season. He knocked three of those doubles in one game against
Grandieri also excelled off the field, earning a place on the Big 5 Academic Team. A communications major in the
The third player honored by the Big 5 is junior William Gordon. The LaGrange,