Derek Vigoa Named Big 5 Baseball Rookie of the Year

PHILADELPHIAAfter a season that saw Penn go 3-0 in Big 5 baseball action, the Quakers were rewarded with three selections as All-Big 5 by the head coaches and baseball sports information directors at the member schools.

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 Columbia on the final day of the season – a feat which ties him for the most in a game by an Ivy player. He was named second-team All-Ivy by the league’s coaches.

Grandieri also excelled off the field, earning a place on the Big 5 Academic Team. A communications major in the College of Arts and Sciences, Grandieri is one of five players honored for the work on the diamond and in the classroom.

The third player honored by the Big 5 is junior William Gordon. The LaGrange, Ga. native did a little bit of everything for the Quakers in 2009 and performed well in all situations to earn his honor as the utility player on the All-Big 5 team. He started at both first and second base for the Red and Blue and played a near flawless defense at both positions. He hit .327 overall and .338 in Ivy games with a team-high 10 home runs. He is just one of four Quakers to reach double digits in home runs in a season and just the second since 1979. Gordon, who was honorable mention All-Ivy, also appeared in 12 games on the mound with a record of 1-1 to go with two saves.

Download: All-Big Five 2009.pdf