Zunino Taken at No. 3 Overall

Mike Zunino became the first Florida player to be selected in the first round since Matt LaPorta was tabbed in 2007. The junior All-American catcher was announced as a finalist for the Johnny Bench Award on Monday just hours before being taken with the third overall pick by the Seattle Mariners, making Zunino the highest Florida player ever taken in the MLB Draft.

This is the 13th time a Florida player has been selected in the first round.

This season, Zunino is second on the team with a .316 batting average. He leads the team with 18 home runs and 60 RBI with a .388 on-base percentage. Zunino has 27 doubles to lead the team, which is 11 more than the second most on the team.

The offensive onslaught for Mike Zunino started during the 2011 season. As a sophomore, Zunino became the second player in school history to be named SEC Player of the Year. He hit .371 with 19 home runs, 67 RBI, 23 doubles and 75 runs scored.

As a freshman, Zunino admittedly spent most of his time getting to know the Florida pitchers. He earned the starting job behind the plate for his first collegiate game because of his defense and ability to handle the pitching staff.

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