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 13 with Stanford junior infielder Kenny Diekroeger. The Woodside, California native attended The Menlo School where he was a four year letterwinner. As a senior, he hit .586 over 18 games with 20 RBIs, 10 doubles, three triples and four homers over 58 at-bats before having his season cut short with a knee injury. He was named a prep first-team All-American by Baseball America, all-state, all-county, and league MVP honors. The Tampa Bay Rays picked him in the second round but were not able to come to an agreement so he decided to head to Stanford to continue his education.
As a freshman, he made 54 starts on the season with 48 starts at third and six at short while leading the team in hitting at .356 and tying for the team lead with 41 RBI. He picked up several honors for his performance including being named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America, first team All-Pac-10, and all-NCAA Regional Tournament at third base.
He spent the summer of 2010 in the NECBL with the Newport Gulls, ranking seventh in the league in batting (.324), tenth in slugging (.446) and seventh in hits (45). He was second on the team with nine doubles and third in RBIs (19) as he was named the starting shortstop in the All Star Game and following the season was rated as the No. 1 prospect by Baseball America in the NECBL.
In 2011, he made 56 starts at shortstop while hitting .293 with 31 runs and 31 RBIs, including eight doubles, one triple and two home runs. He also had 21 multi-hit games and 9 multi-RBI games. He was named Honorable mention All-Pac-10 following the season.
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