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 11 in our countdown with Vanderbilt junior third baseman Jason Esposito. He is from Bethel, Connecticut, and attended Amity High School. He was a four year letterwinner in baseball while being named the 2008 All-State MVP, All-Area MVP, New Haven Register MVP, Connecticut Post MVP, Hartford Courant MVP, Gatorade Player of the Year, Connecticut Coca-Cola Player of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year, 2007 Gold Glove and Louisville Slugger All-American. The Kansas CIty Royals selected him in the seventh round but he decided to continue his baseball career at Vanderbilt.
Esposito stepped right into the starting lineup as a freshman in 2009 starting all 64 games at third base. He finished the campaign with a .287 batting average while scoring 39 runs and driving in 42. He also led the Commodores in stolen bases with 20. He played the summer in the Cape Cod Baseball League with the Falmouth Commodores hitting .198 with two doubles, six stolen bases and eight RBI in 32 games.
Jason had a breakout season as a sophomore hitting .359 with 12 home runs and team-high 64 RBI. He ended up leading the Commodores in stolen bases for the second straight year by stealing 31 in only 35 opportunities. He also led the SEC in doubles with 25 which is third best in the school’s history. He started the summer of 2010 in the Cape Cod Baseball League with the Orleans Firebirds hitting .247 with a homer in 18 games. Esposito would be added to the 2010 USA Collegiate National Team roster after Anthony Rendon would suffer an injury to his ankle. He ended up playing in 14 games (12 starts) while hitting .273 with a homer and six RBI. Baseball America rated him as the seventh best prospect on the 2010 USA Collegiate National Team.