Spanos Tabbed All-Mideast Region
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- After being drafted by the Oakland Athletics last week, Indiana University baseball player Vasili Spanos was named to the American Baseball Coaches Association All-Mideast Region second team on Friday. Spanos, a third baseman, was honored for the second straight year by the ABCA.
A two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection, Spanos led the League in batting average (.434), home runs (8), on-base percentage (.525) and slugging percentage (.778) during his senior season.His batting average in league games is more than 40 points higher than the next-best hitter in the Big Ten. The River Forest, Ill. (Oak Park HS), native is also the first Hoosier to lead the Big Ten in batting average and home runs since Mike Smith won the triple crown in 1992.
In all games, Spanos closed the season with a .412 batting average, 47 RBI and 11 home runs. He ranks among the top five in IU history in home runs, RBI, extra-base hits and doubles. Spanos earned preseason All-American honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writer's Association and was a third-team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches' Association as a junior in 2002. He also earned first-team All-Region honors last season.
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 Mike Smith.
Spanos was selected by the Oakland A's on Tuesday in the 11th round as the 332nd pick overall.
He was one of 11 Big Ten Conference players honored on the Mideast Region Teams.
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