Mariners’ Mike Zunino wins Golden Spikes Award

Jul 6, 2012, 5:54 PM | Updated: 6:41 pm

By Cameron Van Til
Special to

University of Florida catcher Mike Zunino won the 2012 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award, given annually to the nation’s top amateur baseball player.

As a junior this season for the Gators, Zunino hit .322 with 19 homers and 67 RBIs.

In June, Zunino was selected as the No. 3 overall pick in the Major League Baseball amateur draft by the Seattle Mariners.

Zunino became the fourth catcher to win the Golden Spikes Award in its 35-year history, joining Bryce Harper, Buster Posey and Jason Varitek.

Pitchers Mark Appel of Stanford and Carlos Rodon of North Carolina State were the other finalists for this year’s award.

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