The season didn’t end the way Mike Zunino wanted it to, but the Florida catcher added to his list of additional honors this week. Zunino was named the College Player of the Year by Baseball America, becoming the first Florida player to receive the honor, after Florida was eliminated from the College World Series.
Zunino was the only All-American to be named to the first team for the second consecutive year, while LHP/DH Brian Johnson was named to the second team.
Already this postseason, Zunino has become Florida’s first Dick Howser Trophy recipient and is one of three finalists for the Golden Spikes Award and Johnny Bench Award. He was named a first-team All-American by ABCA/Rawlings, Baseball America, Louisville Slugger and NCBWA.
The No. 3 overall draft pick by the Seattle Mariners earlier this month, Zunino led the Gators in batting average (.322), RBI (67), home runs (19), total bases (164), doubles (28), sacrifice flies (11) and slugging percentage (.669). He finished with a .994 fielding percentage.
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