Former Gators Preston Tucker, Mike Zunino earn weekly honors from MLB

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Former Gator and Tampa native Preston Tucker has been named the Most Outstanding Offensive Player in the New York- Penn League this week.

Tucker, who is playing with Tri-City, hit .400, going 10-for-25 with one double, four home runs and 10 RBI.

This from MLB.com's John Parker: "Tucker may not get the publicity his college teammate Mike Zunino does, but the outfielder has been almost as good in his first pro season. The seventh-round pick's week was highlighted by a two-homer, six-RBI performance at Staten Island on Friday, along with two other blasts in six games. Apart from the power, Tucker boasts an advanced approach at the plate -- he's fanned just four times in 29 at-bats over his 21 games. Putting the ball in play is a good way to rack up nearly an RBI per game (he has 20)."

Also, former Gator catcher Mike Zunino earned Offensive Player of the Week honors in the Northwest League, batting .500, 14-for-28, three doubles, three home runs and 17 RBI.

Also from John Parker: "Zunino didn't join the AquaSox until July 14, but in just 29 games he's turned the Northwest League MVP race into a blowout. The third overall pick in June has 21 RBIs in his last nine games and reeled off five straight multi-hit efforts this week. On Saturday night the 21-year-old backstop went 4-for-5 with a homer, double and four RBIs in Everett's 6-5 win at Spokane. It was the second time this week that Zunino missed the cycle by a triple, after going 3-for-4 with five RBIs against Boise on Tuesday. Despite the late start -- he still lacks the at-bats to qualify for the batting title, a race he would lead by 40 points -- Zunino leads the league in home runs and ranks fifth in RBIs.''

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 3:55pm]

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