GAINESVILLE — Former Florida catcher Mike Zunino has capped off his stellar career with the Gators by becoming the recipient of the 2012 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award, recognizing the nation's top amateur baseball player.
Zunino joined former Florida State catcher Buster Posey (2008) as the only player to collect the Golden Spikes Award, the Dick Howser Trophy and the Johnny Bench Award in the same season.
With the award, Zunino closed out one of the most decorated seasons by an individual athlete at Florida. Zunino is the first Golden Spikes winner and highest draft pick in Florida's history (No. 3 overall by the Seattle Mariners). He was also a consensus first-team All-American, the first Dick Howser Trophy recipient from Florida, Baseball America's 2012 College Player of the Year, the first Johnny Bench Award winner from UF and the 2012 National Player of the Year by CollegeBaseballInsider.com.
Antonya English, Times staff writer