College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2011 College Baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be providing one player per day until we reach number 1.
We continue the countdown today at number 35 with Florida sophomore Austin Maddox. The Jacksonville, Florida, native attended Eagle’s View Academy where he had one of the best careers in school history. In his high school career, Maddox led the Warriors to a 19-2 playoff record, a pair of state championships and four final fours. As a high school senior, he hit .544 with 33 RBI, 23 runs, 11 doubles and nine home runs. He was named Florida Times-Union’s All-First Coast Baseball Player of the Year. The Tampa Bay Rays draft him in the 37th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft with the 1,129th overall pick but he decided to head to Florida to continue his playing career.
As a freshman in 2010, he appeared in 63 games splitting time between four positions. He had 29 appearances at third, 19 at DH, 14 at first base, and once at catcher. He finished the season with a .333 batting average with 17 homers and 72 RBI. He was named a third team All-American by NCBWA while being a freshman All-American by Baseball America, Louisville Slugger and NCBWA. He was also named the SEC Freshman of the Year in addition to being a member of the SEC All-Freshman Team.
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