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.
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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