The Northwoods League announced today the MVP and Pitcher of the Year for the 2017 season. The league’s MVP is Zach Zubia, a power hitting first baseman for the Rochester Honkers and the Pitcher of the Year was Adam Rosek, who I briefly discussed already in my Northwoods League Top Pitchers Profile. Expect a longer writeup about Rosek tomorrow. Today though, we will be discussing Zubia, who had an excellent season despite only having one year of collegiate baseball under his belt.
Zach Zubia is a 6’4” 235 pound first baseman who plays for the University of Texas. When I looked at his Perfect Game profile, it said that it is easy to forget he is just a kid, and that is true. Zubia is a strong guy who can crush the baseball, as proven by the 22 home runs he hit this season with the Honkers. Coming out of high school, Zubia was ranked number 500 amongst prep players in 2016. He also was a standout quarterback for Strake Jesuit high school.
Statistically, there is not a lot to go off of. He didn’t play last season for Texas, although I would expect him to have a larger role this year. This year with Rochester, he hit .309/.456/.678 with 22 home runs as well as 18 doubles and a triple. His ISO was an incredible .369 and 56.9% of his hits were extra base hits, which is very impressive. He did commit 7 errors for a fielding percentage of .977, but he made up for it with his bat.
This season with the Longhorns, I think it is safe to say that he could hit around .270 with high teens home runs and a respectable on base percentage. Although he is a power hitter, he did have more walks than strikeouts, something that always makes me happy. I can’t wait to see if his incredible Northwoods numbers translate this year for him in Texas and he is definitely on my sophomore watch list.
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