Eye on POY: Oregon baseball

May, 13, 2012
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The window on the Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Tyler Campbell
Senior SS, Lake Oswego (Ore.)

2012 Team record: 17-4 (Class 6A)
2012 Team standing: Class 6A state tournament begins on May 21

2012 Batting average: .479
2012 RBI: 12
2012 Runs: 17

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Producing a .685 slugging percentage and .512 on-base percentage. 10 stolen bases in 12 attempts. Owns a .934 fielding percentage. 2011 Area Code Games participant. 2011 Class 6A Second Team All-State selection. 2010 Class 6A First Team All-State selection.

Carson Kelly
Senior IF/RHP, Westview (Portland, Ore.)

2012 Team record: 16-7 (Class 6A)
2012 Team standing: Class 6A state tournament begins on May 21

2012 Batting average: .387
2012 RBI: 20
2012 Runs: 17

2012 W-L record: 5-2
2012 ERA: 1.07
2012 Strikeouts: 58

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: University of Oregon

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Generating a 11.6-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio while holding opponents to a .186 batting average. 2010-11 Gatorade Oregon Baseball Player of the Year. No. 17 ranked prospect in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNHS. 2011 USA Baseball 18U National Team member (2011 Pan American Games gold medalist). 2011 Under Armour All-America Game participant. 2011 Area Code Games participant. 2011 Class 6A Player of the Year. 2010 USA Baseball 16U National Team member. 2010 Class 6A Second Team All-State selection.

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011-12 campaign.

Josh Graham: Senior C/RHP Roseburg (Ore.)
Andrew Moore: Senior RHP, North Eugene (Eugene, Ore.)
Brett Nielsen: Junior LHP, Sheldon (Eugene, Ore.)
Lane Richards: Senior SS, Pendleton (Ore.)

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.

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