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Gator catcher Mike Zunino among finalists for Golden Spikes Award

Florida junior catcher Mike Zunino has been named a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, presented to the nation’s top amateur baseball player.

Mark Appel, a junior right-handed pitcher from Stanford; Carlos Rodon, a freshman left-handed pitcher out of North Carolina State; and Zunino received the most votes among 30 semifinalists last week, as voted on by a committee of more than 200 members.

The announcement is part of a big week for Zunino, who was selected No. 3 overall in the MLB Draft on Monday.

Zunino will be across the diamond from Rodon this weekend, when the Gators and N.C. State meet in the NCAA Gainesville Super Regional. Zunino has a .316 batting average, 18 home runs, 60 RBIs, 73 hits, and 50 runs scored. This past weekend, Zunino was voted to the NCAA Gainesville Regional All-Tournament Team for the third-consecutive season. So far this season, the Cape Coral, Fla., native has received First Team All-SEC honors, was recognized as a First Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger, and he has been named a finalist for the Johnny Bench Award. 

Fans can vote for the Golden Spikes Award by visiting, until 5 p.m., Friday, June 15.








[Last modified: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 12:47pm]


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