Ben Zeskind

Ben Zeskind (born January 19, 1983, in Miami, Florida) was a minor league switch-hitting second baseman in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. This Ben Zeskind is not to be confused with Ben Zeskind, Ph.D. (Dr. Z) of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
High School
Zeskind attended Palmetto High School in Miami. He stole a school record 26 bases as a sophomore. As a senior he set single-season school records in hits (43) and triples (9), while hitting .434, and was named First Team All-Dade County, Second Team All-State, a FACA State All-Star, and a Dade/Broward All-Star.
College
He also attended the University of Richmond. As a freshman he was a 4-time Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week, and was honored as a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball, was a First Team All-State selection, garnered Second Team Freshman All-America honors from Baseball America, named to the All-Atlantic 10 Second team, and finished the season with a team-leading .366 average.
He led the Spiders baseball team in nearly every offensive category in 2006, hitting .379 with 89 hits and 57 runs scored. Playing center field he also stole 19 bases, hit 10 homers, and drove in 40 runs out of the leadoff spot for the Spiders. He was a First Team All-Atlantic 10 selection.
Zeskind set Richmond's all-time career hits (310), doubles (69), and triples (12) career marks during his four-year career as a Spider. He hit .366/.311/.365/.379 his four years at Richmond, with an on base percentage of .406-.478 each year.
He was drafted by the Blue Jays in the 37th Round (1,110th overall) of the 2006 draft.
Minor league career
In 2006, Zeskind played 66 games for the Auburn Doubledays in the New York - Penn League, where he was an All-Star. He finished 3rd in the league in extra-base hits (27) and doubles (18) and 5th in slugging percentage (.447).
In 2007, he was back with the Doubledays, where he was NYP Player of the Week on August 6th, and All-Star. He hit .300 with a .389 on base percentage, and was 8th in the league in runs (45), 9th in slugging percentage (.481), and tied for 10th in home runs (8).



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