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 21 with Florida junior RHP/infielder Austin Maddox. The Jacksonville Florida native attended Eagle’s View Academy where in his four-year high school career, Maddox led the Warriors to a 19-2 playoff record, a pair of state championships and four final fours. He was picked by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 37th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft with the 1,129th pick but decided to head to Gainesville to play for the Gators.
As a freshman, he started 63 games playing four different positions at third base (29), designated hitter (19), first base (14) and catcher (1). He ended up finishing second on the team with a .333 batting average while leading the team in homers at 17 and RBI with 72. Maddox picked up several honors including being named SEC’s Freshman of the Year, third-team All-American by the NCBWA, Freshman All-America teams by Baseball America, Louisville Slugger, NCBWA, second-team All-SEC recognition, and was named to the league’s All-Freshman Team.
His sophomore season saw him start to become a two way player for the Gators. He appeared in 62 games in the field while making 21 appearances on the mound. At the plate, he hit .280 with six homers and 35 RBI. He went 3-0 including a team high five saves with a 0.67 ERA. He struck out 21 batters in 27 innings pitched while walking three batters.
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