Coverage from Preseason Baseball Media Day at Wildcat Den
27th round pick in the 2012 MLB Draft (Mets)
Outlook Talented true freshman catcher had a great fall practice and is in position to compete for playing time behind the plate ... Has great receiving skills and a strong arm ... Has a projectable frame that needs to add strength ... Hit over .300 in the fall practice season with 51-percent of his at bats going as quality ... Was picked in the 27th round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the New York Mets.
High School First-team All-State at Franklin County High School ... Ranked as the seventh-best prospect in the state and the 53rd-best catching prospect in the nation ... Named first-team All-State by the Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association ... Batted .445 (49-for-110) with 39 runs, nine doubles, three triples, two homers and 16 RBI as a senior, stealing 15-of-16 bases ... Fielded .981 behind the plate, throwing out 8-of-13 attempted base stealers ... Finished 2012 with a .547 on-base percentage and a .636 slugging mark ... Earned six letters for coach Deron McDonald at Franklin County High School ... Helped the Flyers win back to back district championships in 2008 and 2009 ... "Zach has earned everything he has achieved, McDonald said. "Between his freshman and sophomore years he was the hungriest player I've seen. Zach is a player who wants to do well and he does what the coaching staff asks. The great thing about Zach is he's grounded and knows what he's good at and where he needs to improve. Zach is a pleasure to coach." ... Selected to 2012 preseason Under Armour All American as well as ESPN preseason all-state ... Was all-county MVP, all-district, all-region and all-state senior year.
Personal Full name is Zachary Quarles Arnold ... Born Nov. 28, 1993 in Kansas City, Mo. ... Son of Chris Arnold and Susan Toles ... Has a younger brother, Grayson (15) ... Father attended Kentucky.