Now the first Wesleyan baseball player to sign a contract with a Major League Baseball team in 44 years, Drew Dominguez '09 (photos) was offered a contract as a non-drafted free agent by the Boston Red Sox Thursday, June 11, 2009 and upon signing Tuesday, June 16, has been assignment to the Lowell (MA) Spinners, a single-A minor league affiliate in the NY Penn League. The Spinners began their season Friday, June 19 at home against the Vermont Lake Monsters with a 10-6 victory.
The last Wesleyan player to sign an MLB contract was Jeff Hopkins, who signed with the New York Yankees in 1965.
A first-team all-NESCAC selection in 2009 after leading Wesleyan to a 19-16 overall record and a second-place finish in the NESCAC West Division, Dominguez posted a team-best .387 batting average with a school-record 60 hits. He broke his own Wesleyan seasonal record for hits set in 2008 when he connected for 56 safeties. He stands second all-time in hits at Wesleyan with 174. Dominguez also paced the Cardinals in home runs with five, tied with Garrett Lamborn '09, while his 35 RBI tied with Brice Kelly '10 for the team lead. Playing shortstop while occasionally pitching, Dominguez started all 35 games and had an outstanding .955 field percentage. He also paced the squad in stolen bases with 11 in 12 tries. As a pitcher, his 5-2 record led the way as did his five complete games. He had a 6.29 ERA in his first season on the mound.
Starting every game for the Cardinals over the last three seasons and 125 over his four years with 127 games played, Dominiguez had a .333 career batting average with 113 runs scored, 89 RBI and 38 extra-base hits. He was 28-for-36 in stolen bases and had a fine .945 fielding percentage. In addition to his first-team all-NESCAC honor in 2009, Dominguez was a second-team pick in 2008.
A team captain in both baseball and football as a senior, Dominguez was a stalwart as a defensive back and kick returner for the Cardinals on the gridiron for four seasons. He received the MacNaughten Award as the baseball team's MVP and earned the Eck Award in football as the player whose spirit, sportsmanship and devotion to the game are exemplary this year. Dominguez received his degree in government at Wesleyan.
"I am so thrilled for Drew," said Wesleyan baseball coach Mark Woodworth. "He had a wonderful baseball career at Wesleyan, and his work ethic and focus are at an elite level and allowed him to improve immensely over his four years. Even more importantly, he was a pleasure to coach and a great leader and teammate."
"I'm really excited by this opportunity," said Dominguez. "I want to represent Wesleyan and all my coaches well. I'm going to remember my roots and my time at Wesleyan. Hopefully I can continue it at the next level."
UPDATE (9/7/09) - The Lowell Spinners finished the regular season with a 45-30 record (tied for fourth best among the 14 teams in the league) and secured first place in the NYP Stedler Division. As such, the Spinners are in the playoffs, taking on the Staten Island Yankees in a best-2-of-3 semi-final series. Dominguez played in 14 of the 75 contests with a .184 batting average (7-for-38). He had one double, scored four runs, knocked in four and stole a base. His best game came Sept. 3 at Oneonta when he went 2-for-5 with a double and three RBI. Over the course of the season, Dominguez had one pitching appearance, going one inning and retiring the opponents 1-2-3.
Link to Boston Red Sox Prospect page on Drew Domniguez -
< http://www.soxprospects.com/players/dominguez-drew.htm >
Link to Lowell Spinners web site -
< http://www.lowellspinners.com >