NCAA Div. 1’s Top Hitter Falls to 31st Round

On June 17, the Brooklyn Cyclone’s 2011 season begins and, since Monday, the Mets have been drafting players, many of whom could be playing for the Cyclones.

Though there’s no way to no for sure which of the draftees will ever wear a Mets uniform — and most won’t — a few have caught my interest. One is the Mets first draft choice, Brandon Nimmo, an outfielder who never played high school baseball. If he’s signed, I’m really curious how he’ll do against minor league pitching. Another draftee is Chad Zurcher, a shortstop whom the Mets drafted with their first pick today, the draft’s final day. This season in NCAA Division I baseball, Zurcher had the highest average, .443. His OBP was #1 at .547. He was one of the toughest to strike out in Div. I baseball, ranking 39th, and he made the was named to the 2011 Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball All-America team, so why wasn’t he drafted until the 31st round?

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