Photos from the first week of Illinois Baseball's fall practice period
AT ILLINOIS 2008 - Junior: Played in 43 games, starting 37 ... Missed 10 games with a shoulder injury that he sustained against Western Illinois on April 23 ... Started 31 games at third base and six at designated hitter ... Returned from injury by pinch-hitting in the final two games of the Ohio State series, going 1-for-2 ... Played DH in the final three games of the Purdue series, going 4-for-9 with 3 RBIs ... Ranked third on the team with a .486 slugging percentage, tied for third with 38 RBIs and fourth with four home runs ... Tied for second on the team with 10 multiple-RBI games and sixth with 13 multiple-hit games ... Finished the season strong, going 3-for-5 with one RBI and two runs against Indiana in the final game ... Went 5-for-12 with two runs and two RBIs in the Big Ten Tournament ... Hit 9-for-21 (.429) with five RBIs and two runs after re-entering the starting lineup on May 16 ... Had a career day against Akron on Spring Trip, going 4-for-6 with a double, a home run, four RBIs and two runs ... Started the Big Ten season hot, going 7-for-16 with two doubles, two RBIs and three runs at Michigan State ... Scored a career-high three runs in the series finale at Indiana ... Produced 12 runs in the Minnesota series, driving in seven and scoring five while collecting a pair of multiple-hit games ... Illinois was 19-9 when he hit cleanup and 21-10 when he started at third base ... Academic All-Big Ten selection ... Named a George Huff Award winner.
2007 - Sophomore: Appeared in 21 games, starting eight ... Started four games at third base and four at designated hitter ... Had two RBIs against Greenville on May 2 ... Played for the Fayetteville SwampDogs of the Coastal Plain League during the summer along with Illini teammates Aaron Martin, Ben Reeser and John Schlichter ... Named a midseason CPL all-star.
2006 - Freshman: Played in 32 games and started 15 ... Started 11 at DH, three at shortstop and one at third base ... Hit .289 with 10 runs in 76 at bats ... Racked up seven two-hit games, including a 2-for-3 outing with two runs in a spot start at shortstop at Indiana State ... Hit his first career home run against Vermont on Spring Trip ... Had a season-best five-game hitting streak over Spring Trip from March 18-23 ... Hit 7-for-19 (.368) over Spring Trip with five runs and two RBI ... Hit .316 in Big Ten play, seeing action in 17 games and starting eight ... Had two hits in the series finale against Michigan (2-for-4 on May 7) and in the third game at Michigan State (2-for-3 on May 20) ... Named a George Huff Award winner ... Played for the Fayetteville SwampDogs of the Coastal Plain League during the summer along with Illini teammates Aaron Martin, Shawn Roof and Ryan Snowden.
Played in the Jack Kaiser All-Star Game at U.S. Cellular Field in 2004 ... Appeared in the Northwest Suburban All-Star Game in 2004 ... Won the East Suburban Catholic Conference baseball scholar-athlete award ... Named All-East Suburban Catholic first team shortstop 2004-05.
Born March 7, 1987 ... Parents are Mike and Kathy Altobelli ... Majoring in finance ... Full given name is Dominic Thomas Altobelli ... Has an older brother, Adam (24) ... Father, Mike, played three years in the Oakland A's organization, reaching the big leagues in 1981 and playing for Billy Martin ... Enjoys playing cards and ping pong outside of baseball ... His favorite athlete is Derek Jeter because of his leadership and his intensity.