Means Signs With Cincinnati
June 14, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Junior centerfielder Andrew Means has signed with the Cincinnati Reds and will forgo his senior season for the Indiana baseball team. Means was selected in the 11th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft on June 6, as he was selected with pick number 329.
Means is expected to report to the Pioneer League Billings Mustangs in Billings, Mont. The Pioneer League consists of eight rookie league teams in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and Utah. The Mustangs begin their 2008 campaign on June 17 at Missoula.
Means led the Big Ten with 72 runs and eight triples scored and finished third in the conference with 33 stolen bases. He also hit .357 with two home runs, 11 doubles and 32 RBI while showing tremendous range in center for the Hoosiers. The Avon Lake, Ohio, native was the only Big Ten player to be named Player of the Week twice in 2008.
The centerfielder's 72 runs were the fifth-most in school history and the most since Jones scored 75 in his Big Ten co-MVP season of 2002. His eight triples are tied for fifth in school history, while his 33 swiped bags ties him for seventh in the Hoosier annals. He finished his career with 74 steals, the sixth-highest total in school history.
Means' two most memorable weekends came prior to his two Player of the Week nods. He had multiple-hit games in each of the four contests at Michigan State in leading the Hoosiers to a road sweep of the Spartans over the weekend. The four victories represented IU's first four-game sweep since 1999 and pushed the Hoosiers into the Big Ten Tournament for the first time since 2003. The junior hit .563, scored nine runs with a .938 slugging percentage and a .632 on-base percentage to lead IU in all three categories on the weekend.
Means was outstanding against Purdue in helping the Hoosiers take three of four from the second-place Boilermakers. The junior hit .562 with three doubles, a triple and a home run to post a 1.063 slugging percentage and a .632 on-base percentage for a 1.695 OPS on the weekend. He also scored seven runs for the Hoosiers, drove in five and stole a pair of bases.
He added the biggest hit of the weekend for IU, as his two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh in game two of the series tied the score 4-4 and helped the Hoosiers gain momentum to come from behind for a 5-4 victory. In game three, Means went 3-for-4, including two hits in the 11-run Hoosier first, and matched a career high by scoring four runs.
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