June 28, 2012
Tech’s Stephens to participate in College Home Run Derby
OMAHA --- Tennessee Tech sophomore Zach Stephens has been
selected as one of seven players from college baseball to
participate in the 2012 TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby.
The event will be held in the TD Ameritrade Park located in
Omaha, home of the College World Series. The first pitched is
scheduled for Tuesday, at 7:30 p.m.
“I found out last week when coach Bragga said I was
invited,” Stephens said. “I was really excited when I
first heard the news and it will be a great opportunity to get out
there and hit a few home runs.”
Stephens displayed power all season and finished fourth in the
nation in home runs per game (0.34) and sixth in home runs with 18.
His .696 slugging percentage placed him in fifth place in the
nation, while his 142 total bases ranked 29th. His on base
percentage of .479 put him in 32nd place.
Stephens also finished 58th in batting average (.368), 53rd in
runs batted in per game (0.98) and 84th runs batted in (52).
Tennessee Tech assistant coach Matt Mihoci will pitch for Stephens
during the event and seemed to be the natural choice for
“I always seemed to have a good batting practice when he was
throwing off the mound,” Stephens said. “He always
threw the pitches right down the middle of the plate and they
seemed to go a little farther every time.”
Stephens will compete with six talented hitters from some of the
most prestigious baseball programs in the nation.
Other participants in the event include last year’s winner,
Daniel Aldrich out of College of Charleston, LB Dantzler of South
Carolina, Tyler Horan of Virginia Tech, Daniel Palka of Georgia
Tech, Derek Fisher of Virginia, Mason Katz of Louisiana State and
Aaron Judge of Fresno State.
- LB Dantzler – a junior from University
of South Carolina, who finished the season with 10 home runs and 48
RBI. Dantzler helped lead the Gamecocks to its third straight
national championship series.
- Tyler Horan – a redshirt sophomore from
Virginia Tech, who finished the season with 15 home runs, ranking
third in the ACC. He also led his team in several categories,
including runs batted in (RBI) (41) and runs scored (45).
- Daniel Palka – a sophomore from Georgia
Tech, who hit 12 home runs and was named Second Team All-ACC. He
was one of two Yellow Jackets to start all 64 games this season. In
his time off the field, the outfielder volunteers for the Special
- Derek Fisher – a freshman from the
University of Virginia who was named to the 2012
Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American Baseball Team, as
selected by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, and as a
Freshman All-American by the NCBWA. He ranks in the Top 10
nationally for triples (8) and his favorite MLB team is the New
- Zach Stephens – a sophomore from
Tennessee Tech, who tied for sixth nationally in home runs (18) and
was named to the Second Team All-Ohio Valley Conference. Stephens
was also a semi-finalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and named to
the 60-man Golden Spikes Award Watch List. In 2011, Stephens was
named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American Baseball
- Mason Katz – a junior from Louisiana
State University (LSU), who finished the year with 13 homers, 52
RBI, and a slugging percentage over .550. When not on the diamond,
Katz loves spending time on the golf course.
- Aaron Judge – a sophomore from Fresno
State, who finished the year with a batting average of more than
.300 while playing in all 58 games. He is a two-time First Team
All-WAC selection and a 2012 WAC All-Tournament Team
To learn more about the college home run derby click here