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.
Coming in at number 18 on the list is Bethune-Cookman junior catcher Peter O’Brien. He is from Miami Gardens, Florida where he attended Braddock High School. As a freshman in 2009, he appeared in 50 games (39 starts) while hitting .314 with four homers and driving in 30 runs. He was named a first team All-MEAC team member while being named a Freshman All-American by Louisville Slugger and Baseball America.
O’Brien had a breakout season as a sophomore which saw him play in 57 games (56 starts) as he hit .386 with 20 homers and driving in 56 runs. He was rewarded by being named the MEAC Conference MVP and a third team All-American by Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
He played the summer of 2010 with the USA Collegiate National Team serving as the everyday catcher. He ended up playing in 13 games (11 starts) while hitting .306 with four homers and 10 RBI.