March 3, 2009
WORCESTER, Mass. - Former Holy Cross baseball player Brendan Akashian has signed a professional minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. Akashian will report to the Phillies' spring training complex in Clearwater, Fla. on Thursday, March 5.
On June 15, 2008, Akashian signed with the Southern Illinois Miners and finished his first season in the minor leagues leading the Frontier League with a .442 on-base percentage. Appearing in 69 games, he finished the season with the Miners with a .302 batting average with one home run 32 RBI.
As a senior in 2008, Akashian was named to the All-Patriot League first team for the second straight year, while he also earned Holy Cross MVP honors for the second year in a row, receiving the Hop Riopel Award. Starting in all 46 games, Akashian led the team in RBIs (32), was second in on-base percentage (.450) and was third in batting average (.320). He was ranked third on the team in home runs (three) and in runs scored (30). Akashian also ranked third in the Patriot League in on-base percentage.