Minnick commits to Division I Campbell

By Paul Adkins padkins@civitasmedia.com

July 31, 2014

Z. Minnick has apparently found a new home.

And that’s Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C.

Minnick, a Class AAA all-state catcher with the Logan High School baseball team, committed to the Division I school just recently, according to his dad, Al Minnick.

Campbell, a member of the Big South Conference, has a rich baseball tradition. The Camels’ baseball program has had 40-win seasons the last two years and is a top 50 collegiate team in the nation.

“This was a good fit for him and for his future,” Al Minnick said. “Also this past weekend, he played in the USA baseball all-star game in Richmond, Virginia, where he was in the home run derby and finished second. He started in the all-star game as a catcher.”

Minnick has been a first-team all-state selection the last two years for Logan.

He has played shortstop and has pitched but most of the last two seasons he has been behind the plate.

This coming season will be his senior year with the Wildcats.

Logan’s 2014 season came to a close at 23-10 with an 11-1 loss to Nitro in the Class AAA sectional championship game. The Cats haven’t made it to the state tournament since 2009.

Minnick has had big years for Logan in each of his three seasons.

Heading into this past season’s sectional tourney, Minnick was hitting .500 with seven home runs and 34 RBI, both team highs. He also had four doubles, a triple and three stolen bases. On the mound, Minnick was 3-0 with a 1.14 ERA as he allowed just four earned runs in 25 innings with 34 strikeouts and only seven walks.

Minnick led Logan to a 20-10 finish two years ago and a sectional championship before bowing at Winfield in the regional tourney.

During the 2013 season as a sophomore, Minnick had a hefty .535 batting average with six home runs and 39 RBI. Minnick also led the team last year in doubles with 10, triples with three and total hits with 43. He was also had a team-high 11 stolen bases in 13 attempts.

Minnick was also Logan’s top pitcher in ‘13 as the right-hander was 7-2 with a 1.38 ERA with 53 strikeouts and just 11 issued walks in a 51-inning worksheet.

Minnick, who split time in the field at shortstop and behind the plate at catcher in 2013, was named in the off-season as the state’s top junior prospect.

Minnick came onto the baseball scene as a standout with the Logan Little League All-Star team. As a member of the 11-12-year-old all-stars, he led Logan to the state semifinals.

Logan has since left Little League and now plays Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth Baseball.