University of Minnesota junior outfielder Justin Gominsky became the second player to sign a Minor League contract, as he reached an agreement with the Houston Astros on Thursday.
A native of Mahtomedi, Minn., Gominsky was drafted by the Astros with the ninth pick in the 11th round (340th overall) of the Major League Baseball Draft on Tuesday afternoon. He was the first of six Gophers players to be drafted.
Gominsky, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound right-handed outfielder, started all 49 games for the Gophers this season. He ranked second on the team with a .307 (58-for-189) batting average and 30 runs scored, while leading the team with three triples and eight stolen bases. He added eight doubles, 18 runs batted in, and a .991 fielding percentage, primarily as Minnesota's right fielder.
Gominsky was named to the 2011 All-Big Ten Tournament Team after batting .368 (7-for-19) with five runs scored, three doubles, and an RBI at last month's conference tournament.
As a freshman in 2009, Gominsky was named to the Big Ten All-Freshmen Team, the Collegiate Baseball Magazine Freshman All-America team, and to the NCAA Regional All-Tournament team. He batted batted .338 that season with 35 runs scored, 25 RBI, 11 doubles and was 11-for-11 on the basepaths.
He missed the majority of the 2010 season with a knee injury, but returned this season to help the Gophers finish 25-24 overall and 13-11 in the Big Ten.
Gominsky will join Michael Kvasnicka (Lakeville, Minn.) , who was drafted by the Astros on June 7, 2010, with the 33rd overall pick in the Compensatory Round. Kvasnicka is batting .293 with 35 runs batted in, 33 runs scored, 15 doubles, and three home runs in 55 games for the Class A Lexington Legends of the South Atlantic League.
Pitching Coach Todd Oakes Passes Away At 55
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Gophers Drop Out of B1G Tournament
Minnesota falls to Michigan 3-2 in an elimination game on Thursday at TD Ameritrade Park
Minnesota Falls in B1G Tournament Opener
Gophers play at 1 p.m. in an elimination game tomorrow afternoon against either Michigan or Ohio State