CHICKASHA – The Drovers now have two players from the 2013 baseball squad who will be playing professional ball this year after Brian Vigo, USAO’s starting center fielder, signed as a free agent with the Saint Louis Cardinals franchise this week.
Vigo told USAO head coach Mike Ross that the franchise officials called him and asked him to sign as a free agent. He signed on the dotted line on Wednesday and already arrived in Pennsylvania to begin.
In Pennsylvania, he will play for the State College Spikes, an A Class Short-Season affiliate of the Cardinals in the New York-Penn League.
“I’m really happy for Vigo and his family,” Ross said. “I’m glad he is getting and opportunity to go out and play professional baseball.”
Vigo was a crucial Drover outfielder this season who ended up leading the team in batting average and home runs.
Batting .386 on the season, Vigo now is second in school history in single-season hits with 78.
He led the team in home runs with 12 on the season, which puts him seventh in the NAIA in that category. He scored a total of 40 runs and drove in 49 more. He has a slugging percentage of .629.
He also leads the team — and is second in school history — in stolen bases with 20 on the season. As the Drovers’ center fielder, he had just two errors in 102 putouts.
With these accolades, he was named All-American Second Team and All-Sooner Athletic Conference First Team this year.
He also was named SAC Player of the Week in February and an NAIA Champion of Character in May.
He is a physical education senior from Carolina, Puerto Rico, and is the son of Rafael Vigo and Cynthia Saurez.