High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Baseball

Gatorade Male Athlete of the Year nominees

July, 9, 2012
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A dozen exceptional student-athletes -- already honored as National Player of the Year in their respective sports -- are contenders for the 10th annual Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year Award. On Tuesday in Los Angeles, one boy and one girl will be named prep sports’ Male and Female Athletes of the Year (ESPN3, 9:40 p.m. EDT), and both will be recognized at the ESPYS the following evening.

And the male nominees are (click here for the female nominees):

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McCullers named National Baseball POY

May, 31, 2012
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Born 16 months after his dad’s last game in the big leagues, Lance McCullers Jr. never experienced a Major League Baseball clubhouse atmosphere firsthand with guys like Cy Young Award winners Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke or an MVP like Alex Rodriguez walking around.

But the Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.) senior joins that trio as a member of an elite alumni club after being named Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year. McCullers was duped Thursday into believing a staged sit-down interview with network analyst Sean Casey was about the forthcoming MLB first-year player draft until the former 12-year veteran revealed the Gatorade trophy.

“This is something I’ve wanted to win for so long,” said McCullers, 18, the oldest son of former major league right-hander Lance Sr. “I watched online last year when [Baltimore Orioles No. 1 prospect] Dylan Bundy won it. It’s mind-blowing really to be on a list with the guys who’ve won this. You’re talking about people I look up to and model my game after. Especially a guy like Greinke, a smaller-stature pitcher who I’m sure went through some of the things I’m going through. I’m just so blessed and so grateful for this honor.”

A 6-foot-2, 205-pound right-handed starter, McCullers posted a 13-0 record with a 0.18 ERA and 140 strikeouts against 30 walks in 77.1 innings pitched this past season, leading the Tigers (28-2) to the Class 5A state semifinals. The 2011 Jackie Robinson Award winner as the country’s top rising senior, McCullers, also a shortstop, batted .280 with two home runs and 21 RBIs, stealing 10 bases in 10 attempts. An All-American as named by ESPNHS, Baseball America, Perfect Game, MaxPreps and Louisville Slugger, he scored 27 runs while producing a .485 on-base percentage and .486 slugging percentage.

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Gatorade State Baseball Players of the Year

May, 30, 2012
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NOTE: The Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming state associations do not currently sanction baseball. Also, distinct from the other 46 states (plus Washington, D.C.), Iowa begins its prep season in conjunction with Memorial Day, which results in the annual Gatorade honor being based upon candidates’ previous scholastic season and offseason club/showcase performance, if applicable. This also means a senior can never win the award based upon his senior season.

Alabama Baseball POY: Mikey White

May, 30, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in this winner based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011-12 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 47 fellow Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Mikey White

THE BASICS

School: Spain Park (Hoover, Ala.)
Grade: Senior
Position: IF/RHP
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 190 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: White batted .389 with nine home runs and 37 RBI this past season, leading the Jaguars (35-17) to the Class 6A state semifinals. A returning Class 6A First Team All-State selection as named by the Alabama Sports Writers Association, he recorded a .712 slugging percentage and .524 on-base percentage. White owned an 8-2 record with two saves, a 1.13 ERA and 61 strikeouts against nine walks in 55.2 innings pitched. He captured a gold medal at the Pan American Games this past summer as a member of the 2011 USA Baseball 18U National Team.

Academic excellence: White has maintained a 3.53 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: In addition to donating his time as a youth baseball instructor, he has volunteered locally on behalf of his church’s youth group, as a featured speaker at a Christian youth conference, on An Audience of ONE’s leadership council and as a mentor to a special needs graduate assistant manager for his school’s baseball program.

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Alaska Baseball POY: Zach Ferntheil

May, 30, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in this winner based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011-12 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 47 fellow Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Zach Ferntheil

THE BASICS

School: Service (Anchorage, Alaska)
Grade: Junior
Position: RHP/1B
Height: 6-foot
Weight: 190 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Ferntheil led the Cougars to an 11-2 record entering the Alaska School Activities Association state tournament, scheduled to begin Thursday. He posted a 3-0 record on the mound with two saves, a 1.12 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 18.2 innings through 13 games. A 2011 First Team All-Conference selection, Ferntheil also batted .423 with a 1.014 OPS in 2012.

Academic excellence: Ferntheil has maintained a 3.20 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally as a camp counselor, a peer leader in his school community and as a youth baseball coach.

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Arizona Baseball POY: Mitch Nay

May, 30, 2012
5/30/12
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in this winner based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011-12 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 47 fellow Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Mitch Nay

THE BASICS

School: Hamilton (City, State)
Grade: Senior
Position: Third baseman
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 198 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Nay batted .380 with 11 home runs and 31 RBI this past season, leading the Huskies (23-9) to the second round of the Division I state tournament. A returning Arizona Baseball Coaches Association First Team All-State selection, he produced an .837 slugging percentage and .520 on-base percentage in addition to scoring 33 runs. A member of the 2011 USA Baseball 18U National Team Trials Roster, he is the No. 9-ranked recruit in the Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNHS.

Academic excellence: Nay has maintained a 4.30 weighted GPA in the classroom and represents one of the state’s top academic candidates in meeting the Gatorade Award’s broad criteria.

Exemplary character: In addition to donating his time as a youth baseball instructor, he had volunteered on behalf of the Hope for Kids and Chandler Compadres organizations as well as part of a holiday gift-giving campaign to benefit the needy.

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Arkansas Baseball POY: Trey Killian

May, 30, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in this winner based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011-12 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 47 fellow Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Trey Killian

THE BASICS

School: Mountain Home (Ark.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Right-handed pitcher
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 190 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Killian posted an 8-1 record on the mound along with a 0.88 ERA and 138 strikeouts in 64 innings this past season, leading the Bombers (17-15) to the Class 6A state quarterfinals. A 2011 First Team All-State selection and 2011 Under Armour All-American, he also batted .303 with 23 runs scored and nine stolen bases in nine attempts.

Academic excellence: Killian has maintained a 3.14 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A devoted member of his church community, he has volunteered locally on behalf of fundraising initiatives to benefit cancer research and assisted in relief efforts for area flood victims.

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California Baseball POY: Ty Moore

May, 30, 2012
5/30/12
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in this winner based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011-12 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 47 fellow Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Ty Moore

THE BASICS

School: Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
Grade: Senior
Position: RHP/1B
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 190 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Moore led the Monarchs to a 24-5 record and a berth in the Division I CIF Southern Section semifinals against Newbury Park (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), scheduled for May 29. At the time of his selection, he had posted a 12-1 record on the mound with a 0.83 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 67.1 innings. A 2011 Louisville Slugger All-American and First Team All-State selection, Moore also batted .412 with 23 RBI, 30 runs scored and 10 stolen bases in 10 attempts.

Academic excellence: Moore has maintained a 3.77 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A devoted member of his church community, he has volunteered locally at an area food bank and homeless shelter and on behalf multiple community service initiatives in association with the National Honor Society.

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Colorado Baseball POY: Ryan Warner

May, 30, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in this winner based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011-12 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 47 fellow Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Ryan Warner

THE BASICS

School: Pine Creek (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Grade: Senior
Position: OF/1B/RHP
Height: 6-foot-7
Weight: 195 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Warner batted .493 with six home runs and 31 RBI this past season, leading the Eagles (20-4) to the second round of the Class 5A state tournament. A returning Class 5A Honorable Mention All-State selection as named by The Denver Post, he produced a .971 slugging percentage and .611 on-base percentage in addition to scoring 32 runs. Warner owned a 7-1 record with a 2.18 ERA and 89 strikeouts in 51.1 innings pitched.

Academic excellence: Warner has maintained a 3.17 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: In addition to donating his time as a youth football instructor, he has participated in numerous fundraising events to benefit his school’s athletic department.

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Connecticut Baseball POY: Bryan Daniello

May, 30, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in this winner based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011-12 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 47 fellow Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Bryan Daniello

THE BASICS

School: Brien McMahon (Norwalk, Conn.)
Grade: Senior
Position: SS/RHP
Height: 5-foot-10
Weight: 165 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Daniello led the Senators to a 16-7 record entering the first round of the Class LL state tournament against New Milford (Conn.), scheduled for May 29. He owned a 7-1 record and a 1.35 ERA on the mound along with a .400 batting average with six home runs and 18 RBI at the plate through 23 games. Daniello was a First Team All-State selection and the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference Player of the Year as a junior.

Academic excellence: Daniello has maintained a B average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of an area soup kitchen, youth baseball camps and his church’s bible camp.

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Delaware Baseball POY: Mitchell Moore

May, 30, 2012
5/30/12
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in this winner based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011-12 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 47 fellow Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Mitchell Moore

THE BASICS

School: Dover (Del.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Third baseman
Height: 5-foot-10
Weight: 175 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Moore batted .510 with a home run, 16 RBI and a .649 on-base percentage this past season, leading the Senators (12-7) to the first round of the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association state tournament. A 2011 First Team All-State selection, he also scored 16 runs and produced a 1.351 OPS.

Academic excellence: Moore has maintained an A average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of multiple community service initiatives in association with the National Honor Society, and as a youth baseball coach.

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D.C. Baseball POY: Danny O’Donnell

May, 30, 2012
5/30/12
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in this winner based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011-12 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 47 fellow Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Danny O’Donnell

THE BASICS

School: St. John’s College (Washington, D.C.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Right-handed pitcher
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 180 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: O'Donnell posted a 6-2 record on the mound, along with a 0.34 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 43.2 innings pitched this past season, leading the Cadets (26-3) to the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference tournament semifinals. The 2012 WCAC Player of the Year, he also held opposing hitters to a .111 batting average and produced a WHIP of 0.62.

Academic excellence: O’Donnell has maintained a 3.0 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally at an area retirement home and on behalf of the Boys and Girls Club of America.

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Florida Baseball POY: Lance McCullers Jr.

May, 30, 2012
5/30/12
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in this winner based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011-12 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 47 fellow Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Lance McCullers Jr.

THE BASICS

School: Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.)
Grade: Senior
Position: RHP/SS
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 205 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: McCullers posted a 13-0 record with a 0.18 ERA and 140 strikeouts against 30 walks in 77.1 innings pitched this past season, leading the Tigers (28-2) to the Class 5A state semifinals. The 2011 Jackie Robinson Award winner as the country’s top rising senior, he batted .280 with two home runs and 21 RBI, stealing 10 bases in 10 attempts. An All-American as named by ESPNHS, Baseball America, Perfect Game, MaxPreps and Louisville Slugger, McCullers scored 27 runs while producing a .467 on-base percentage and .467 slugging percentage. In addition to making seven appearances for the 2010 USA Baseball 18-and-Under National Team, he also participated in the 2010 Under Armour All-America Game and 2011 Perfect Game All-American Classic.

Academic excellence: McCullers has maintained a B average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A volunteer on behalf of Challenger Baseball, the Special Olympics, Metropolitan Ministries, the Head Start Program and as a Bakas Equestrian Center assistant for intellectually challenged children, he has also donated his time as part of a literacy-outreach program, as a motivational speaker for middle school children and as part of multiple food drives in association with Jesuit High.

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Georgia Baseball POY: Byron Buxton

May, 30, 2012
5/30/12
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in this winner based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011-12 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 47 fellow Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Byron Buxton

THE BASICS

School: Appling County (Baxley, Ga.)
Grade: Senior
Position: OF/RHP
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 175 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Buxton led the Pirates (33-2) to a berth in the Class AA state final against Pierce County (Blackshear, Ga.), scheduled for May 29. At the time of his selection, he owned a 9-0 record on the mound with five saves, a 1.78 ERA and 125 strikeouts in 67 innings. The No. 2 ranked prospect in the Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNHS, Buxton also batted .523 with three home runs, 31 RBI and 36 stolen bases through 35 games.

Academic excellence: Buxton has maintained a B average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A devoted member of his church community, he has volunteered locally as a youth baseball coach.

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Hawaii Baseball POY: Travis Garcia-Perreira

May, 30, 2012
5/30/12
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in this winner based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011-12 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 47 fellow Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Travis Garcia-Perreira

THE BASICS

School: Mid-Pacific Institute (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Grade: Senior
Position: LHP/OF/1B
Height: 6-foot
Weight: 180 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Garcia-Perreira posted a 4-2 record on the mound along with a 1.74 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 40.1 innings pitched this past season, leading the Owls (15-3) to the Division I state quarterfinals. A 2012 First Team All-League selection, he also batted .490 with 17 RBI and a .647 slugging percentage.

Academic excellence: Garcia-Perreira has maintained a 3.02 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics and as a youth baseball coach and elementary school motivational speaker.

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