Spanos Drafted By Oakland in 11th Roun d
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University senior Vasili Spanos was selected on the first day of the Major League baseball draft Tuesday when the Oakland Athletics made him the 332nd pick overall in the 11th round. Spanos was one of eight players from the Big Ten Conference selected in the first 20 rounds. The draft continues on Wednesday.
In four seasons as a starter at third base for the Hoosiers, Spanos left his mark on the Indiana record books. He posted a career batting average of .365, which ranks in the top 10 in school history, and a .673 slugging percentage, the second-best ever by a Hoosier. He finished tied for third with 43 home runs and ranks sixth with 228 hits, fifth with 51 doubles and fifth with 100 extra-base hits. In addition, his 185 RBI rank tied for third with 1992 College Baseball Triple Crown Winner Mike Smith.
Spanos, who is a native of River Forest, Ill., earned first-team All-Big Ten honors in both 2001 and 2002. He was selected an American Baseball Coaches' Association third-team All-American as a junior and was a preseason All-American prior to this past season. As a senior, he led the Big Ten in batting average (.434), home runs (8), on-base percentage (.525) and slugging percentage (.778), Spanos earned first-team honors for the second straight season. His batting average in league games was more than 40 points higher than the next-best hitter in the Big Ten. In all games, Spanos closed the season with a .412 batting average, 47 RBI and 11 home runs.
Indiana has had three players drafted in the last two years. In 2002, Kennard Jones was taken in the third round by the San Diego Padres while Eric Blakeley was picked in the 21st round by the Seattle Mariners.
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