- Former Saint Xavier University baseball standout Luke
Gregerson '06, a relief pitcher for the San Diego Padres, will be honored by
the Pitch & Hit Club of Chicago as the 2011 Chicago Area Major League
Baseball (MLB) Player of the Year at the 65th Annual Awards Banquet
this Sunday at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill. Gregerson broke the MLB record for holds in a
season (40) last September and closed out his second season in the Majors with
a 3.22 earned run average (ERA) and 89 strikeouts over 78.1 innings of work out
of the bullpen. SXU baseball coach Mike
Dooley was excited to hear about the award.
"In just his second year in the Majors, Luke has put up some
impressive numbers for the Padres," said Dooley. "I think he showed a lot of people just how
talented he is on the mound when he broke the holds record this past
season. Luke is definitely very
deserving of this award and I am glad that a prestigious organization, like the
Pitch & Hit Club of Chicago, is recognizing his achievements."
Gregerson, who has completed two full seasons in the MLB, is
just the fourth Cougar to earn a spot on a Major League roster joining Joe
Skalski (Cleveland Indians), Steve Wojciechowski (Oakland A's) and Kevin Sefcik
(Philadelphia Phillies). On the mound
for Saint Xavier University, Gregerson had an impressive senior season as the
team's closer in 2006 compiling nine saves and a 3-1 win-loss record with an
impressive 0.68 earned-run average (ERA).
The Pitch and Hit Club of Chicago is a professional
baseball organization that promotes the game of baseball in the Chicago area. It was formed by a group of Major League players
and scouts in January of 1942, originally as a social organization. Since its inception, the Club has grown
substantially in size as well as its stature in the professional baseball
community. The role of the club has
changed through the years, sponsoring various teams and tournaments, and will
this year, host the premier amateur workout to showcase the highest-level
amateur baseball talent in Illinois and the surrounding states.