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 list today with number 15 in our countdown with Arizona State junior infielder Zack MacPhee. He is a native of Phoenix, Arizona, where he attended Sandra Day O’Connor High School. As a junior in high school, he hit .455 with 33 RBI and 21 stolen bases. He followed that up in his senior season by hitting .433, driving in 35 runs and stealing 23 bases. In both seasons, he was named first-team all-conference while being a preseason All-American in 2008. He was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 22nd round of the 2008 MLB Draft but decided to head to Arizona State.
MacPhee appeared in 64 games, starting 60 at second base in his freshman campaign in 2009. He ended up hitting .270 (55-204) with four homers and 39 RBI while drawing 40 walks and stealing eight bases. He was named honorable mention All Pac-10 for his season. He spent the summer in the Cape Cod Baseball League with the Bourne Braves where he struggled in 30 games hitting at a .146 average while driving in six runs.
Zack had a breakout season as a sophomore in 2010 as he hit .389 with nine homers and 64 RBI. He was excellent at getting on base as he walked 41 times while being hit by four pitches accumulating a .486 on-base percentage. He was also solid on the basepaths as he stole 20 bases in 24 attempts. MacPhee broke Floyd Bannister’s team record for triples with 14 on the season, a record that had stood since 1971. He picked up several awards including being an Unanimous First Team All-American and the Pac-10 Player of the Year.
He spent the summer of 2010 back in the Cape Cod Baseball League with the Bourne Braves. He ended up hitting .247 with a homer and six RBI in 26 games. He continued to show a ton of patience at the plate walking 16 times while being 5-8 on the basepaths.