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Ohio State’s Zach Dezenzo selected in 12th round of MLB Draft by Astros

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Shortstop Zach Dezenzo from Ohio State was selected in the 12th round of the 2022 MLB Draft on Tuesday by the Houston Astros. Dezenzo was a second-team All-Big Ten selection for the Buckeyes as a senior in 2022. He batted .319 with a school-tying record of 19 home runs. Dezenzo posted a robust OPS (on base percentage + slugging percentage) of 1.113.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Dezenzo is third all-time in career home runs at Ohio State with 38.

Here is the press release from OSU:

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State senior captain Zach Dezenzo was selected in the 12th round of the 2022 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros on Tuesday.

Dezenzo was the 373rd overall pick in this year’s draft and he’s the program’s 112th all-time draftee. He is the fifth Buckeye taken by the Astros, joining Roy Marsh in 1994, J.B. Shuck in 2008 and then Pat Porer and Ronnie Dawson who were taken in back-to-back years in 2015 and 2016.

The Alliance, Ohio native had a tremendous season this past year. He hit a career-high .319 and tied the OSU single-season home run record with 19. His 66 hits were one-shy of the team lead as he also led the team with 54 runs scored, 18 doubles, two triples, and 54 runs batted in. He slugged .700 and had a .413 on-base percentage. Dezenzo started the season with elbow soreness and moved over to first base. It was no coincidence that when he moved back to shortstop at the end of April, the team started playing its best ball of the season, averaging over eight runs per game over the final 15 games. He was a second team All-Big Ten honoree this past season.

For his career, he hit .281 over 165 games. His 38 career home runs are third-most in program history and his 42 doubles are tied with Nick Swisher and three others for 20th on the career charts. Dezenzo was a four-year letterwinner and served as a team captain this past season.

And here is Dezenzo’s bio from OSU’s official site:

Career Highlights

  • Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2020, 2021)
  • Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American (2019)
  • Big Ten Player of the Week (April 7, 2021 & June 1, 2021)
  • Big Ten All-Freshman Team (2019)
  • Two-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week (March 18, 2019 and April 22, 2019)
  • Listed on Impact Freshman list by D1Baseball.com (2019)
  • OSU Scholar-Athlete (2020, 2021)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2020, 2021)

2021 (Junior)

  • Played and started all 42 games at shortstop
  • Finished the season with hits in six of the final eight games of the year to finish the season with a .302 batting average, which was second on the team
  • Was also second on the team with nine home runs and 31 runs batted in while leading the team with 11 doubles
  • Had a team-high 15 multi-hit games on the season
  • Recorded two hits, including his second career triple, to go along with three runs batted in against Illinois on March 6
  • Had a career weekend in a four-game sweep of Indiana (April 2-4), as he hit .533 (8-of-15) with two home runs … He had a career-high four-hit game in the series finale, including the game-winning walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth … He finished with four RBI and three scored runs in the four games
  • Was named Big Ten Player of the Week for his efforts vs. Indiana
  • Had another tremendous series vs. Purdue (April 30-May2), hitting .533 (8-of-15) with two doubles, a triple, two home runs and 10 runs batted in … He also walked twice and scored four runs
  • Slugged a pair of three-run home runs and drove in a career-high six in the series opening win vs. Northwestern on May 28
  • Had two more hits in the finale against Northwestern and was named the Big Ten Player of the Week after hitting .500 (6-of-12) with three home runs and seven runs batted in

2020 (Sophomore)

  • Started all 14 games, splitting time evenly between third base and shortstop
  • Hit .189 (10-for-53) with seven RBI and five runs scored while tying for the team lead with four doubles
  • Tallied a pair of multi-hit games
  • Went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles, an RBI, a run scored and a walk against Pittsburgh (2/15)
  • Notched a 2-for-5 day with an RBI and a walk vs. Indiana State (2/16)

2019 (Freshman)

  • Made 17 starts at third base and 41 starts at shortstop as a true freshman
  • Batted .250 (48-for-188) with nine doubles, one triple, 10 homers, 37 RBI and 21 walks
  • Most homers by a Buckeye freshman in 18 years (10)
  • 13 multi-hit games and 10 multi-RBI contests
  • Made collegiate debut vs. Seton Hall (2/15)
  • Recorded first career hit and first career multi-hit game vs. the Pirates (2/17)
  • Hit first career home run at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (2/25)
  • Batted .273 (3-for-11) with one run scored, one double, three RBI and three walks in three starts at Bethune-Cookman series (3/1-4)
  • Collected first career three-hit game with one double at Wofford (3/12)
  • Was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week after hitting .467 (7-for-15) with four runs scored, one double, three homers and five RBI in four games over a week (3/12-17)
  • Homered in first at-bat at Bill Davis Stadium vs. Lipscomb (3/15)
  • Went 2-for-3 with a double, run scored, RBI and walk vs. Northern Kentucky (3/19)
  • Had a multi-hit game with first career triple vs. Hawai’i (3/23)
  • Hit fifth homer of the season, driving in three runs vs. Toledo (3/27)
  • Had a pair of doubles and drove in three runs vs. Northwestern (4/5)
  • Batted .400 (4-for-10) with three runs scored, one homer, two walks and three RBI vs. No. 24 Michigan (4/12-13)
  • 2-for-3 with one RBI vs. Xavier (4/16)
  • Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the second time after hitting .533 (8-for-15) on the week with five runs scored, one double, two homers, four walks and six RBI (4/22)
  • Hit .385 (5-for-13) with a homer at Purdue series (5/16-18)
  • Started in all eight postseason games at shortstop for the Buckeyes
  • Homered with two runs scored and two RBI in NCAA Regional game vs. McNeese in Nashville (6/1)
  • Finished the year riding a 10-game reached base streak

Prior to Ohio State

  • Four-year letterwinner for Coach Mike Farrell at Marlington High School
  • 2018 team captain, team MVP, first team all-conference, all-county and all-district honoree
  • Named conference player of the year after batting .522 with 11 doubles, three triples, home run, 31 RBI, 34 runs scored, 18 walks and 16 stolen bases
  • Played summer ball for Bo Jackson Elite and coach Cory Valentine from 2016-17
  • Played for Midland Redskins and coach Dave Evans in 2018
  • 2017 all-conference and all-county selection
  • 2017 team offensive player of the year and team MVP after batting .420 with five doubles, six triples and one home run as a junior

Personal


  • Son of Rachel and Steve Dezenzo


  • Exploratory studies major


  • Would like to play professional baseball or go on to physical therapy school after graduation


  • Enjoys fishing, reading and traveling to new places


  • Uncle, Mike Dezenzo, played baseball at South Carolina





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