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College World Series 2012: James Ramsey and 5 Best Hitters in Omaha

Zach Kruse@@zachkruse2Senior Analyst IJune 16, 2012

Photo: Orlando Sentinel
Photo: Orlando Sentinel

The 2012 College World Series is off and running in Omaha, Neb., which means the eight best teams in college baseball have begun battling it out in the double-elimination tournament to ultimately decide an NCAA champion. 

Below, we break down the five best hitters at the 2012 College World Series, starting with Florida State's James Ramsey:

OF James Ramsey, Florida State

Arguably no hitter in the ACC was as dominant in 2012 as Ramsey, who did a little bit of everything at the plate for the Seminoles this season. 

He hit .382 (second-best in the ACC among players with 100 or more at-bats) with 76 runs, 83 hits, 12 doubles, six triples, 13 homers and 57 RBI. He also walked 60 times and was hit by nine pitches, all while striking out just 39 times. He finished 11-of-15 in stolen bases. 

Ramsey was a 2012 first-round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals (23rd overall). 

If Florida State is to make a long run in Omaha, chances are that Ramsey will be playing the biggest role.

C Mike Zunino, Florida

In the eyes of Major League Baseball, no player comes close to touching the star power of Zunino.

The third-overall pick of the Seattle Mariners in the 2012 draft, Zunino hit 19 homers with 64 RBI in 64 starts during the regular season. Both numbers led the SEC this season.

His .678 slugging percentage also included 28 doubles, which led the SEC by a wide margin. 

If you're looking for power in the 2012 College World Series, Zunino is a good bet to provide it in bunches. 

OF Travis Jankowksi, Stony Brook

In terms of overall hitting ability, Jankowski might be the best in Omaha.

In 65 games this season, Jankowski hit an eye-popping .416 over 262 at-bats. Included in his 109 hits were 19 doubles, 11 triples and five homers. Add in 24 walks and the eight times he was hit by a pitch, and Jankowski was on base almost 48 percent of the time in 2012.

Speed is also a big part of Jankowski's game, as the senior outfielder swiped 36 bases in 42 attempts this season. Don't expect to see an error, either—Jankowski committed just one in 175 chances (.994 fielding percentage). 

In terms of complete packages, Jankowski—who was picked in the supplemental portion of the first round by the San Diego Padres (44th overall)—is near the top in this tournament. 

OF Jeff Gelalich, UCLA

Gelalich leads a UCLA team that many consider to be the favorites to win it all in Omaha. The 57th-overall pick in the 2012 draft by the Cincinnati Reds, Gelalich hit .363 with 11 homers and 48 RBI in 2012 for the surging Bruins. 

It's the little things, however, that make Gelalich such an important player for UCLA. He gets on base nearly half the time (.459 OBP), steals bases at a high rate (16 in 21 tries) and rarely makes an error in the field (just four in over 200 chances). 

If UCLA goes on to win the whole thing in Omaha, expect Gelalich to have played a big role. 

1B Jayce Boyd, Florida State

Ramsey gets most of the attention, but Boyd has proven to be an equally effective hitter for the Seminoles. 

Boyd led the ACC in batting average at a .382 clip (among those with 100 or more at-bats), while also stroking 21 doubles (third in ACC) and knocking in 59 runs (third). He hits cleanup for Florida State for a reason. 

The New York Mets thought enough of Boyd to make him their sixth-round pick in the 2012 draft.

Florida State faces an elimination game Sunday against Stony Brook, so it's up to Boyd and Ramsey to produce at the plate. 

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