1B Zach Mathieu
2012 Anchorage Bucs
Bats: Right – Throws: Right
Height: 6’7″ – Weight: 250lb
2012 School: Franklin Pierce (NCAA DII)
2012 Class: Sophomore
Draft Eligibility: 2013 (DII JR), 2014 (DII SR)
Hometown: Derry, New Hampshire
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Having written our previous Player Profile on the Glacier Pilots’ Jeff Kremer, it’s time to turn our focus to the other side of the diamond and zero in on their rival club, the Anchorage Bucs, with a profile on their slugger first baseman Zach Mathieu.
Hailing from Derry, New Hampshire, a short drive north of Boston across the state line, Mathieu attended Pinkerton Academy where his height made him a natural fit for the school’s hoops squad. But after choosing to attend Franklin Pierce in his home state, his focus in sports became baseball — and for good reason.
Since embarking on his collegiate baseball career, Mathieu has become an impact player at the Division II level. This past season he brought home some serious accolades. In addition to being selected Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Year, the first-baseman was the unanimous choice by both Daktronics and the American Baseball Coaches Association for DII All-Northeast Player of the Year. To top it all off, Mathieu was one of 55 semi-finalists nationwide for the Tino Martinez Award, for the best DII baseball player in the country.
Upon arrival in Alaska, it only took one look at Zach Mathieu standing next to his teammates to notice that he’s a big, physical guy. Standing 6’7″ and weighing in at a lean-looking 250lbs he literally dwarfs some of the other players out there. One would expect him to be a guy with some power potential, having the muscle to crush the ball, and you’d be right. He hit 13 homers for Franklin Pierce on the collegiate season. And while generally I don’t put a lot of faith in college batting stats, keep in mind that the DII Northeast-10 conference is a rare instance where an NCAA conference has gone back to wood bats. He hit those 13 bombs with the wood. So far his bat has gotten off to a slow start, racking up only one hit on the young season. But when and if he starts to connect with more pitches, I would expect to see a few fly out of the park.
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