IUP’s Robbie Zinsmeister has been named the Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL) Most Valuable Player, as it was announced Wednesday by the league. Zinsmeister, who plays for the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks, becomes the first MVP in the league’s inaugural year.
Playing in forty-four games, Zinsmeister had a .326 average, good for fourth in the league, with nine homeruns and twenty-six runs batted in. His three triples were tied for first in the league, and his ten doubles were tied for fourth, while his homerun total was second to teammate Jeremy Matos’ thirteen.
From his leadoff position, the rising junior led the league with twenty-five stolen bases in twenty-nine attempts, while also finishing second in hits (56) and runs scored (41). He also had a .576 slugging percentage and finished with a .993 OPS.
This past season for the Crimson Hawks, Zinsmeister was second on the team with a .339 average, doubling twelve times and adding four triples. He added twenty-six runs batted in and had fifteen steals and a team-leading fifty-eight hits.
One of the top pro prospects in the FCBL, Zinsmeister will be playing with the Cotuit Kettleers in the Cape Cod League on a temporary contract next summer, in hopes of earning a full time contract. He will be the third IUP player to play in Cape Cod, with Colby Betz (2008, Hyannis) and Paul Bingham (2009, Cotuit) the previous two.
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