College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2013 college baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be adding players day-by-day until we get to number one!
Number 53 on our Top 100 Countdown is Vanderbilt’s Kevin Ziomek. The 6’3 left-handed pitcher from Amherst, Massachusetts was a 13th-round draft pick by the Diamondbacks in 2010.
As a freshman, Ziomek made quite an impact for the Commodores as he went a perfect 3-0 in 45.1 innings pitched. Over his 27 appearances including two starts, he walked 16 batters and struck out 47 while holding opponents to a batting average of .204. This success earned Ziomek a variety of awards including being named a Freshman All-American by NCBWA.
During his sophomore season, Ziomek stepped into a starting role for Vanderbilt as he appeared in 19 games, 16 of which were starts. In 79.1 innings pitched, Ziomek struck out 79 batters, holding opponents to a batting average of .260. In 2012, Ziomek had a fantastic summer with the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod League where he went 3-0 in five appearances. In his 28.1 innings pitched, Ziomek struck out 36 batters and walked only six.
From a scouting perspective, Ziomek is a very polished pitcher. He has good command of his fastball that sits in the low 90s, along with his changeup sitting in the low 80s and a curve that sits upwards of 77 mph. In addition to a solid repertoire of pitches, Ziomek has a good frame and confidence that is hard to miss. That confidence in particular gives Ziomek a very strong presence on the mound, that makes him one of the top players to look out for in the 2013 season.