M's draftee Zunino wins college player of year award

M's draftee Zunino wins college player of year award
Florida's Mike Zunino waits for a pitch during team practice at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., Thursday, June 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Dave Weaver)
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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Florida catcher Mike Zunino has been chosen the winner of the Dick Howser Trophy as college baseball's player of the year.

Zunino is the first Florida player to win the award in its 26-year history. He was presented the award Friday at a news conference at TD Ameritrade Park.

The two-time All-American was the No. 3 overall pick by the Seattle Mariners in the first-year player draft, the Gators' highest pick. He's Florida's first first-round draft pick since 2007.

Zunino, from Cape Coral, Fla., is batting .322 with 19 home runs and 64 RBIs.

He will be honored during the College Baseball Foundation's Night of Champions on June 30 in Lubbock, Texas.