BABSON PARK, Mass. -- Former Babson College pitcher Andrew Aizenstadt '11 (Norwell, Mass.) has signed a professional contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, pending completion of a physical this week. The righthander is just the fourth player in Babson history to sign with a Major League Baseball organization, joining pitcher Rick Renwick '79, pitcher Jason Kosow '04, and catcher Teddy Dziuba '06.
One of the best pitchers in Babson baseball history, Aizenstadt compiled a 17-4 record with a 2.73 ERA and 157 strikeouts in 29 career appearances before graduating in 2011. Thanks to a medical waiver granted to him in 2010, when an injury limited him to just one inning, he then used his final year of eligibility within the graduate program at Virginia Tech, where he went 2-3 with 52 strikeouts in 16 appearances for the Hokies this past spring while earning a spot on the All-ACC Academic Team.
Despite playing only three healthy seasons at Babson, Aizenstadt still etched his name throughout the Beavers' record books. The three-time All-NEWMAC First Team and two-time All-New England honoree is currently second on the program's all-time list in wins (17), sixth in ERA (2.73), third in strikeouts (157), seventh in innings pitched (178.0), fourth in complete games (9), and 13th in saves (2). His best season came in the spring of 2009, when he tied the school's single-season mark for wins by finishing 8-1 with a 2.58 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 69 2/3 innings. His final appearance that season was one of the greatest pitching performances in Babson history, as he tossed a complete-game victory in a 10-6 win over third-ranked Eastern Connecticut State University in the opening game of the 2009 NCAA New England Regional - the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament victory.
Aizenstadt is the second member of the Babson Baseball Class of 2011 to sign a professional contract. Aizenstadt's classmate and fellow pitcher David Ahern '11 signed with the Independent League New York Federals after his senior spring in 2011. Aizenstadt is only the fourth Beaver to be signed by a Major League Baseball organization, with Renwick (Chicago Cubs), Kosow (Cubs), and Dziuba (New York Mets) all entering pro ball after being selected in the annual MLB amatuer draft.