Friday, June 1, 2012
2012 MLB Draft Profile: Mike Zunino
School: University of Florida
Stat Summary: .323/.394/.664, 27 2B, 16 HR, 55 RBI
Accolades: 2011 SEC Player of the Year, Baseball America's No. 2 ranked player for the 2012 Draft, 2-time Finalist for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award (2011, 2012)
The Rundown: He is widely considered the best collegiate position player in this year's draft class. Zunino is an above average defensive catcher and the rest of his skills project to him being an above-average player at the professional level. For two years, he has been one of the top college players in the country and this should help him to make the transition to the next level. His ability to control the pitching staff of one of the top collegiate programs only adds to his skill set.
Twins Impact: Joe Mauer will be behind the plate for a majority of the next few years but Twins fans have already got use to him playing other positions besides catcher. Zunino could provide some organizational depth at the catching position and he could be in line to be Mauer's replacement in coming years.
The Word on the Street: "He's the best catcher in the country," said Florida coach Kevin O'Sullivan. "Tremendous player. Tremendous kid. Great work ethic. Great leader. He's the total package."