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Zunino Named Baseball America Player of the Year

The awards keep stacking up for Mariners first-round draft selection Mike Zunino, as he was named the 2012 Baseball America National Player of the Year today.

Zunino’s growing list of postseason awards include being named first-team ABCA/Rawlings, Baseball America, Louisville Slugger, NCBWA All-American and was the recipient of the Dick Howser Trophy as College Baseball’s Player of the Year. He is also a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award and the Johnny Bench Award. He finished his junior season with the Florida Gators “Triple Crown” winner, leading the team in batting average (.322), RBI (67) and homers (19), and paced the club in total bases (164), doubles (28), sacrifice flies (11) and slugging percentage (.669).

Zunino joins an elite list of players that have won the prestigious Baseball America Player of the Year honor:

1981: Mike Sodders, 3b, Arizona State
1982: Jeff Ledbetter, of/lhp, Florida State
1983: Dave Magadan, 1b, Alabama
1984: Oddibe McDowell, of, Arizona State
1985: Pete Incaviglia, of, Oklahoma State
1986: Casey Close, of, Michigan
1987: Robin Ventura, 3b, Oklahoma State
1988: John Olerud, 1b/lhp, Washington State
1989: Ben McDonald, rhp, Louisiana State
1990: Mike Kelly, of, Arizona State
1991: David McCarthy, 1b, Stanford
1992: Phil Nevin, 3b, Cal State Fullerton
1993: Brooks Kieschnick, dh/rhp, Texas
1994: Jason Varitek, c, Georgia Tech
1995: Todd Helton, 1b/lhp, Tennessee
1996: Kris Benson, rhp, Clemson
1997: J.D. Drew, of, Florida State
1998: Jeff Austin, rhp, Stanford
1999: Jason Jennings, rhp, Baylor
2000: Mark Teixeira, 3b, Georgia Tech
2001: Mark Prior, rhp, Southern California
2002: Khalil Greene, ss, Clemson
2003: Rickie Weeks, 2b, Southern
2004: Jered Weaver, rhp, Long Beach State
2005: Alex Gordon, 3b, Nebraska
2006: Andrew Miller, lhp, North Carolina
2007: David Price, lhp, Vanderbilt
2008: Buster Posey, c/rhp, Florida State
2009: Stephen Strasburg, rhp, San Diego State
2010: Anthony Rendon, 3b, Rice
2011: Trevor Bauer, rhp, UCLA
2012: Mike Zunino, c, Florida

Mike Zunino was selected 3rd overall in the 2012 MLB Draft by the Mariners. He has been named the 2012 Baseball America National Player of the Year.

– JE

Follow Mike Zunino in the College World Series

Mariners fans can watch first round draft pick Mike Zunino and the Florida Gators in the College World Series starting tomorrow at 6 pm PT on ESPN. The Gators open CWS play in Omaha with two-time defending NCAA Champion South Carolina (the school that produced Justin Smoak).

Today, Zunino was chosen as the winner of the Dick Howser Trophy as college baseball’s player of the year. He heads into the College World Series batting .322 with 19 home runs and 64 RBI.

You can more closely follow Zunino and the Florida Gators on their quest for a national championship at or

Mariners first round pick Mike Zunino and the Florida Gators open College World Series play tomorrow vs. South Carolina at 6 pm PT on ESPN. (AP Photo/Dave Weaver)

Mariners 1st Round Draft Pick Zunino in NCAA Super Regionals

Mariners first round draft pick Mike Zunino, a catcher at University of Florida, is participating in the NCAA Baseball Super Regionals this weekend.

Florida plays NC State Saturday, June 9 at 11am PDT and again on Sunday, June 10 at 10am PDT. If you are looking to watch the Mariners draft pick, the games will be available on ESPN3 and ESPNU.

Here’s a link to the ESPN SEC TV listings for the Super Regionals (TV listings).

Zunino, a two-time All-American, is a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, the Dick Howser Trophy and the Johnny Bench Award as the nation’s top catcher.  He heads into the Super Regionals batting .316 and leads the Gators in doubles (27), home runs (18), RBIs (60) and slugging percentage (.667). The All-SEC first-team catcher ranks No. 2 nationally in doubles (44), No. 5 in home runs and sacrifice flies (9), No. 10 in total bases (154) and No. 13 in slugging percentage (.667).

Sunday’s game (10 am PT) will surely be a game to keep your eye on, as two of the three Golden Spikes finalists will be playing against each other. Zunino will go against NC State left-handed starter Carlos Rodon (9-0, 1.61 ERA).

Mariners first-round draft pick Mike Zunino and the Florida Gators will face NC State in the best of 3 NCAA Super Regionals this weekend. (Tim Casey)

Draft Update – Day 2

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Although not as exciting as the first round, MLB’s First Year Player Draft continues today and tomorrow.

We’ll have an update later this afternoon with all of the Mariners picks. So far, the Mariners have selected Joe DeCarlo, a shortstop from Garnet Valley High School in Glen Mills, PA; Edwin Diaz, a RHP from Caguas Military Academy in Puerto Rico; Tyler Pike, LHP from Winter Haven High School in Winter Haven, FL; Patrick Kivlehan, third baseman from Rutgers; and Chris Taylor, another shortstop from University of Virginia.

We also learned today that the Mariners #1 pick yesterday, Florida catcher Mike Zunino, was named one of three finalists for the Golden Spikes Award that honors the nation’s top amateur baseball player. The other two finalists are RHP Mark Appel (No. 8 overall, Pittsburgh Pirates), and Carlos Rodon, a freshman left-handed pitcher out of North Carolina State.

Mike Zunino has been named a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award.