College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2012 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 65 with Miami (FL) junior righthanded pitcher E.J. Encinosa. The Miami, Florida native attended Coral Park High School where he played Julio Estrada. He missed his junior season with an injury but returned as a senior going 2-0 with a 3.69 ERA. During his sophomore season, he went 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA.
His freshman season with the Hurricanes saw him make 28 relief appearances and one start while going 1-1 in 49 innings of work. He was able to hold opponents to a .186 batting average while striking out 61 batters.
E.J. stepped right into the rotation as a sophomore going 5-6 in 16 games and 15 starts while having an ERA of 3.45. He pitched a total of 86 innings on the year while recording 70 strikeouts and a batting average against of .197.
He will likely be working out of the bullpen for the Hurricanes in 2012 with the return of Erik Erickson to the rotation and a couple of other solid pitchers coming back for the squad.
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