Mike Zunino Wins Golden Spikes Award
Mike Zunino, the Mariners first selection (3rd overall) in this year’s MLB Draft, has been named the winner of the 2012 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award.
Zunino, who signed his first professional contract with the Mariners on Tuesday, also won this year’s Dick Howser Trophy as the premier college player, the Johnny Bench Award as the best collegiate catcher and was named the Baseball America Player of the Year. He batted .322 with 19 home runs and 67 RBIs as a junior for the University of Florida Gators.
The Mariners newest prospect will attend the 83rd annual MLB All-Star Game at Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium on July 10 before officially embarking on his professional career with the Everett AquaSox, Seattle’s Class A short-season affiliate in the Northwest League.
The award was announced on the MLB Network this afternoon. Zunino, along with Golden Spikes Finalists RHP Mark Appel (Stanford) and LHP Carlos Rodon (NC State) had a busy day as the trio were also guests at the MLB Fan Cave.
Here is a list of the Golden Spikes Winners through the years:
|2010||Bryce Harper||College of Southern Nevada|
|2009||Stephen Strasburg||San Diego State|
|2008||Buster Posey||Florida State|
|2004||Jered Weaver||Long Beach State|
|2001||Mark Prior||Southern California|
|2000||Kip Bouknight||South Carolina|
|1998||Pat Burrell||Miami (FL)|
|1997||J. D. Drew||Florida State|
|1996||Travis Lee||San Diego State|
|1995||Mark Kotsay||Cal State Fullerton|
|1994||Jason Varitek||Georgia Tech|
|1993||Darren Dreifort||Wichita State|
|1992||Phil Nevin||Cal State Fullerton|
|1991||Mike Kelly||Arizona State|
|1990||Alex Fernández||Miami-Dade Community College|
|1988||Robin Ventura||Oklahoma State|
|1986||Mike Loynd||Florida State|
|1985||Will Clark||Mississippi State|
|1984||Oddibe McDowell||Arizona State|
|1982||Augie Schmidt||New Orleans|
|1981||Mike Fuentes||Florida State|
|1979||Tim Wallach||Cal State Fullerton|
|1978||Bob Horner||Arizona State|