PHILADELPHIA Former Penn baseball and football standout Mark DeRosa signed a three-year deal with the Chicago Cubs on Nov. 14. After a career-year with the Texas Rangers in 2006, DeRosa is projected to be the everyday second basemen for the Cubs.
DeRosa set career-high’s in batting average (.296), doubles (40), home runs (13), RBIs (74) and games (135). Being counted on as an everyday player for the first time since 2004, DeRosa put up big numbers, especially early on in the season. He batted .326 with 13 doubles in May, followed by a .370 batting average in June. DeRosa kept up his consistent play, earning American League Player of the Week honors in August.
DeRosa came up through the Atlanta Braves organization as a shortstop, but shifted to second and third when he got his call up. When he went to the Rangers in 2005, he took on more of a utility role playing the corner outfield positions as well. DeRosa will shore up a Cubs infield that already includes Aramis Ramirez, Cesar Izturis and Derek Lee.
DeRosa played baseball and football at Penn from 1994-96. He was selected by the Braves in 1996 in the June free agent draft. DeRosa received his degree from Wharton in 1997.