Nov. 15, 2005
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Former East Carolina Pirate slugger Drew Costanzo signed a free agent contract with the St. Louis Cardinals Monday afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium head coach Billy Godwin announced.
Costanzo, a two-year starter, led the Pirates in home runs (11), runs scored (53) and walks (42) while ranking second in RBI (42) , total bases (108) and at-bats (210).
"I've been waiting for this day my whole life," said Costanzo. "To be able to continue playing baseball and to play professionally is a dream come true. I'm excited and can't wait to head to spring training in March."
The West Palm Beach native finished his career with 16 home runs, 80 RBI, 117 hits and a .304 average while helping the Pirates to a pair of NCAA Regional appearances and one Super Regional berth. He was a mainstay in the 2004 Pirate outfield that claimed the Conference USA regular season title, won a school record 51 games and was ranked nationally by Baseball America (No. 8), USA Today/ESPN Coaches (No. 9), NCBWA (No. 10) and Collegiate Baseball (No. 13).
"I'm real excited for the opportunity that Drew has to further his career," said Godwin. "He is a tremendous talent and the Cardinals' organization is getting a great ball player. Drew becomes the latest Pirate to fulfill his dream of playing at the next level and I have no doubt that he will be successful."
Costanzo becomes the fifth Pirate from the 2005 squad to sign a professional contract following Ricky Brooks, Mark Minicozzi, Billy Richardson and Brian Cavanaugh who were all selected during the 2005 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft this past June.