Drew Dominguez, Wesleyan University
Drew Dominguez became the first Wesleyan graduate to sign with a Major League Baseball team in 44 years after he was offered a contract by the Boston Red Sox in June, 2009. He began his professional baseball career with the Lowell Spinners of the New York-Penn League.
A two-sport team captain at Wesleyan, Dominguez was a four-year starting infielder for the baseball squad, earning First Team All-NESCAC honors in 2009 after debuting as a Second Team member in 2008. He broke the Wesleyan single-season record for hits in 2008 with 56, then bettered his own mark in 2009 with 60 as he hit a lofty .387. That improved his career batting average to .333 as his 173 career hits ranks second all-time among Cardinal diamondmen.
Dominguez also took to the mound for the baseball squad as a senior, his first effort as a pitcher. It paid off as he led the team with a 5-2 record while logging five complete games in seven starts. Also a two-year starter and four-year player in football, Dominguez racked up 80 career tackles along with four interceptions and eight pass breakups from his spot in the secondary. As the Cardinals’ principal kick return man in 2007 and 2008, Dominguez returned 34 kickoffs for an average of 21 yards and 19 punts for a 5.4-yard average.
He earned the MacNaughten Award in baseball as the team’s most valuable player and was the Eck Award winner in football as the player who spirit, sportsmanship and devotion to the game were exemplary.