Oct. 10, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. - Former Arizona State closer and designated hitter Zechry Zinicola was named the Washington Nationals' Minor League Pitcher of the Year. Zinicola, who was a sixth round pick of the Nationals in June's MLB Draft, finished his three-year career in Maroon and Gold in June.
Zinicola was promoted twice this past season, beginning the year with the Class A Vermont Lake Monsters before being called up to the High A Potomac Nationals and finally the AA Harrisburg Senators. Zinicola went a combined 4-1 with 12 saves and a 1.65 ERA in his first year of professional baseball. He struck out 31 batters in 32.2 innings, working exclusively out of the bullpen.
Zinicola finished his Sun Devil career with the 18 saves, third most in school history. He was 10-9 with a 4.34 ERA and hit .276 with five home runs and 41 RBI over his three seasons. He was a two-way player his first two years in Tempe before focusing solely on pitching last season.
Zinicola is expected to contend for a spot in the Nationals bullpen next season.
"That's all talk. I'm just taking the time to get in shape, be 100 percent healthy and get ready for Spring Training," said Zinicola. "What ever they decide to do, it's their doing."