PISCATAWAY, NJ – One of the Scarlet Knights’ most prolific hitters, Pete Zoccolillo (White Plains, NY), has earned a promotion to the Milwaukee Brewers and will make his debut in a major league uniform on Friday, September 5, when the Brewers host the Chicago Cubs at 7:05 p.m.
Zoccolillo, a five-year minor league veteran, was originally drafted by the Chicago Cubs following the 1999 spring season and was traded to the Brewers in 2001 in a deal that sent reliever David Weathers to the Cubs. Last season, Zoccolillo had a breakthrough year. He split the 2002 campaign between Class A High Desert and Class AA Huntsville, hitting .314 with 20 home runs, 82 RBI and 74 runs scored.
He opened the 2003 season with the Indianapolis Indians and led the team in five offensive categories while earning team MVP honors. He lead the team in games played (130), hits (120), doubles (34), RBI (72) and walks (51). He was second on the team in home runs (12) and his .272 batting average was fourth best. He was also the Indians’ Player of the Month in June, when he hit .313 with four HR and 21 RBI.
At Rutgers, Zoccolillo was a three-time All-BIG EAST First Team honoree and a two-time All-American. He graduated as the team’s career or single-season leader in 10 offensive categories and still leads in career home runs (32), single-season RBI (72), career RBI (191). He posted a .376 career batting average at Rutgers and is second all-time in hits with 285. As a senior in 1999, Zoccolillo batted .418 with 22 doubles, 12 home runs and 72 RBI.
He is the second former RU player in the last three days to earn a promotion to the big leagues, joining Manalapan-NJ native David DeJesus, who is with the Kansas City Royals. DeJesus made his debut as a defense replacement in center field on Wednesday night.