2016 1B/RHP Zach Zientarski Camps At MSU

The Benjamin School (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) class of 2016 1B/RHP Zach Zientarski talks about camping at Mississippi State as well as how his recruiting is going.

  • Name: Zach Zientarski
  • Classification: 2016
  • Position: 1B/RHP
  • Ht: Wt: 6-foot-3, 225
  • Bats-Throws: R-R
  • High School: The Benjamin School (Palm Beach Gardens, FL)
  • Schools of Interest: Duke, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami (FL), Mississippi State, UCF

    Zientarski enjoyed his MSU camp experience.

    "It was really fun, and I learned a ton," said the talented dual-position player. "The facilities are crazy nice, probably the best facilities that I have seen."

    He explained how he wound up attending the camp.

    "Mississippi State invited me to this camp," said Zientarski. "(Mississippi State assistant) Coach (Nick) Mingione saw me at a showcase this summer. My coach for the summer team that I am going to play with wanted to know what schools I was interested in and I told him about Mississippi State and some others. So, he started calling schools. Since Coach Mingione had seen me play he invited me to their camp."

    The Mississippi State camp was his first college camp, but he has plans on attending others.

    "This is the first college camp that I have come to," said Zientarski. "I'm going to start going to other camps."

    An arm injury is the main reason that he hasn't attending any camps prior to the MSU camp.

    "I had Tommy John surgery during October 8, 2013," said Zientarski. " Before that, I was primarily a pitcher. For six months I was out even for hitting. Then, during the middle of the spring I really worked on my hitting. The summer was when I started hitting a lot."

    Most teams that had been showing early interest in him was exclusively interested in him as a pitcher.

    "My freshman spring and summer I was topping out at 88 miles per hour and I was consistently 85, 86, 88," said Zientarski. "Miami was interested in me for pitching; UCF, too."

    Due to how hard he had worked on his hitting, he eventually started receiving some recruiting interest due to his hitting.

    "Last summer, I visited Duke unofficially for hitting, although they are looking at me as a two-way player when my arm gets back," said Zientarski.

    His recruiting should start picking up again since he is very close to being back to 100% pitching-wise.

    "I was back up to 88 miles per hour in October, 2014," said Zientarski. "And I have been on a throwing program so, hopefully, this spring I will be a little higher."

    Zientarski has his sights set on playing in two of the premier baseball conferences in the nation.

    "I'm mostly interested in SEC and ACC schools, schools like Mississippi State, Georgia, Georgia Tech," said the talented prospect. "I don't think Georgia and Georgia Tech have seen me play. I think with my new summer team TB Chandler, which is more of a national team, will open more doors for me with schools outside of Florida. They had five All-Americans on last year's team, so they are more nationally recognized."

    Perfect Game rates Zientarski a 9, which according to their rating system means he is a potential top-10 round draft pick and a highest level college prospect. He was selected to their 2014 Underclass All-American team as an Honorable Mention selection.

    Keep it on Scout.com as we continue to follow the recruitment of this very talented member of the class of 2016.

    Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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