Bulls rookie Garrett Zech earns preseason honor
Bulls OF Garrett Zech, who makes his collegiate debut two weeks from tonight at home, has been chosen the American Athletic Conference Preseason Freshman of the Year by d1Baseball.com.
A 15th-round draft choice of the Dodgers who opted for college, Zech is joined by three teammates -- all of whom also were drafted -- on the website's AAC top-10 impact freshmen list. OF Chris Chatfield, a former Spoto High star, is third; while INF Coco Montes is fifth while INF/C Joe Genord is 10th.
A career .400 hitter at Naples High, Zech hit .543 with four home runs, 30 RBI, 10 triples, six doubles and 27 stolen bases as a senior. The team captain in 2015, he earned all-state and team MVP honors.
"We feel like he has really good potential," Bulls second-year coach Mark Kingston said in a school news release, "and can blossom into an impact player."
USF, picked to finish fifth in the AAC by d1Baseball.com, opens its season Feb. 19 at home against Liberty. First pitch is at 6:30 p.m.