Division II Pre-Season All-American Signs with Bucks

The Waterloo Bucks have announced the signing of outfielder Jeff Popick to their roster for the 2011 season.  Born June 17, 1989, Popick is currently a junior at Mesa State College.     

In their annual College Preview edition, Baseball America named Popick a pre-season All-American outfielder and the number six Division II prospect for the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft. Popick was also named to the pre-season All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference team and on February 9, Popick was placed on the Tino Martinez Division II Player of the Year watch list. 
This season for the Mavericks, Popick is leading the team in hitting with a .392 average. In 29 games, Popick owns a .454 slugging percentage, a .444 on-base percentage, and 25 RBI. On March 8, Popick was named the RMAC Player of the Week.  
"I’m looking forward to watching Jeff utilize his talents this year at Mesa State," said Bucks Manager Jason Nell. "I am hoping his experience collegiately will transfer over to this summer."   
In 2010, the 6’4", 215-pounder played in 42 games for the Mavericks. The right-handed batter ranked second on the team in hitting, with an average of .417, and in home runs, with 11. The Lakewood, Colorado native had 62 hits with 47 RBI and was named third team All-Conference. As a freshman, Popick appeared in 14 games for Mesa St and hit .200.  
Last summer, Popick played for the Peninsula Oilers, a member of the Alaska Baseball League. Popick averaged .219 with 25 hits and 16 RBI and finished with a slugging percentage of .325.