Mike Zunino, the University of Florida catcher drafter second overall by the Mariners last month, just won the prestigious Golden Spikes Award. The honor goes to the top amateur baseball player in the country.
Zunino has won a slew of awards the past month and will be attending the All-Star Game in Kansas City to receive one of them. After that, he’s to head to Everett to open his professional career with the Short-A Rookie Level Aquasox.
Zunino beat out Stanford right-hander Mark Appel and NC State southpaw Carlos Rodon. He was recently named Baseball America’s College Player of the Year and also took home the Johnny Bench Award as the top catcher in collegiate baseball.
The Golden Spikes Award has been presented since 1978. Past winners include Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg, Buster Posey, David Price, Tim Lincecum and Jered Weaver.