Former Illini Second Baseman Signs With Yankees
July 25, 2000
Champaign, Ill.- Former University of Illinois second baseman D.J. Svihlik signed a free agent deal with the New York Yankees earlier this week. Svihlik, a 5-11, 180 left-handed hitting infielder, reported to the Yankees spring training base in Tampa and will be assigned from there.
Svihlik, who finished his four-year Illinois career in May, is a two-time All-American and former Big Ten Player of the Year. He graduated as one of the most decorated baseball players in University of Illinois history and his name appears among Illinois? career leaders in home runs, doubles and triples. Svihlik was the Big Ten Player of the Year and a third-team All-American in 1998, leading Illinois to the Big Ten Championship and within one game of the College World Series. He hit .340 over his four-year career with 38 home runs and a career .606 slugging percentage. The Garfield Heights, Ohio, native earned All-Big Ten recognition as a sophomore, junior and senior and was an Academic All-District V selection this year.
Svihlik joins several Big Ten alumni in the Yankees organization, including former Illinois teammates Brett Weber, Dusty Rhodes and Jason Anderson.