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Top 100 Countdown: 8. Peter O’Brien (Miami, FL)

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 8 with Miami (FL) catcher Peter O’Brien. He is from Miami Gardens, Florida where he attended Braddock High School. He decided to attend MEAC school Bethune-Cookman. As a freshman in 2009, he appeared in 50 games (39 starts) while hitting .314 with four homers and driving in 30 runs. He was named a first team All-MEAC team member while being named a Freshman All-American by Louisville Slugger and Baseball America.

O’Brien had a breakout season as a sophomore which saw him play in 57 games (56 starts) as he hit .386 with 20 homers and driving in 56 runs. He was rewarded by being named the MEAC Conference MVP and a third team All-American by Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

He played the summer of 2010 with the USA Collegiate National Team serving as the everyday catcher. He ended up playing in 13 games (11 starts) while hitting .306 with four homers and 10 RBI.

The 2011 season with the Wildcats starting all 61 games while hitting .304 with a team highs in homers (14) and RBI (69). After the season was over, he was selected in the third round by the Colarado Rockies but decided to not sign with the MLB team.

He ended up deciding to transfer out of Bethune-Cookman to the University of Miami (FL) help out his ailing mother. After a long battle with the NCAA, he was named eligible for the 2012 season and is expected to be behind the plate for the Canes this upcoming season.

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  • [email protected]

    That is complete BS by the NCAA. I tried to do the same thing this past year D1 to D1 w/o sitting out a year and it didnt happen. How come this kid is allowed to do this?!!!

    • http://collegebaseballdaily.com Brian Foley

      There was extraordinarily situation with him transferring according to the NCAA with one of his family members being sick. 

    • Scott C. Martineau

      I tried to email you a prolonged explanation about why in O’Brien’s case I disagreed with you but in another Miami transfer from UF I would agree with you.

      That email address – which i copy and pasted – abortedd after only 14 seconds.  Do you have another email address at which i can reach you?

  • Ivonbigmama

    Im trying to get Peter o’brien e-mail and I havent been able to. Can someone give it to me.
    I know him and his family, Thanks