Mets' Draft Pick Zech Leads Seminoles

As the Mets' 24 round draft selection on day two of the MLB Draft, Bryan Zech's senior season has been a model of consistency for the Florida State Seminoles. While teammates faltered and had to miss time with injuries during a roller coaster regular season, Zech was the steadying force. Zech will lead the red hot 'Noles into Friday's Super Regional matchup against Arkansas.

And though the Seminoles lost 21 games – their most in over a decade – Zech is a big reason why FSU is hot when it counts, winners of 14 of their last 15 games going into Super Regional play at Arkansas this weekend.

"These guys battle," said Zech, a four-year starter. "When we lost that Regional game last weekend (against UCF), we were ticked. But this team has the ability go out there, rally and get business done.

All with Zech leading the way. With All-American shortstop Stephen Drew sidelined nearly a month with an inflamed sciatic nerve, Zech filled in at short and manned the lead-off role. When Drew returned, Zech returned to second but remained at the leadoff spot and has flourished.

On the season Zech is hitting .347 (.415 OBP) and scored a team-leading 68 runs. Zech reached base nine of the first eleven times he batted in last weekend's regional.

"I like the role," said Zech. "I like being able to get up there and set the tone for the game and get things going for everyone else coming up behind me."

Zech was named first-team All-ACC for his efforts.

To top it off, Zech has made just 18 errors in 63 games on middle infield action. Earlier in his career, defense kept Zech out of the lineup late in games and even cost him some starts to more defensive oriented players Chris Hart, Kevin Richmond and Brandon Manasa. He went through a Chuck-Knoblauch-like spell two seasons ago where he couldn't make the second-to-first throw accurately. He has since corrected the ills.

"Bryan Zech has, without a doubt, been the most valuable player for us this season," FSU coach Mike Martin said. "He's a guy that our younger players look to, both on the field and in the clubhouse".

This season will mark the end of eight years of Zechs in the Seminole infield. Bryan's older brother Scott played third and second for FSU from 1996-2000.

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