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 2 with Florida junior catcher Mike Zunino. The 6’2 220 pound backstop from Cape Coral, Florida attended Mariner High School playing under Steve Larsen. As a senior, he hit .464 with 43 hits, 37 RBI, 12 home runs and nine doubles while leading the team to the district title. He was selected by Oakland Athletics in the 30th round but decided to attend Florida.
Zunino’s freshman season saw him play in 52 games (51 behind the plate) while hitting .267 with 41 RBI, 31 runs, nine homers and seven doubles. He was selected to Baseball America’s Freshman All-American Team and was a member of the SEC’s All-Freshman Team.
He had a breakout season as a sophomore with one of the best seasons in school history. He finished the season with a team-best .371 and led the SEC in total bases (178), hits (98), runs (75), doubles (23, tied with teammate Preston Tucker) and homers (19). He was named a consensus All-American while being named SEC Player of the Year.
He played in only 11 games in the Cape Cod Baseball League with the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox where he hit .303 (10-for-33) with five runs scored, three RBI, three walks and a pair of doubles.
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