Eye on POY: Texas Baseball

May, 21, 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.

Cody Gunter
Senior RHP/third baseman, Flower Mound (TX)

2012 Team record: 29-9
2012 Team standing: Lost in Class 5A regional quarterfinals

2012 W-L record: 8-2
2012 ERA: 1.11
2012 Strikeouts: 88
2012 Innings: 56.33

2012 Batting average: .424
2012 RBI: 25
2012 Runs: 24

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Kansas State

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 Second Team All-District; 2012 Team Captain; Dallas News Player of the Week for March 19

Courtney Hawkins
Senior outfielder/RHP, Carroll (Corpus Christi)

2012 Team record: 27-3
2012 Team standing: Will play in Class 5A regional semifinals on May 26

2012 Batting average: .457
2012 Home runs: 10
2012 RBI: 36
2012 Runs: 49
2012 Stolen bases: 16

2012 W-L record: 3-1
2012 ERA: 0.83
2012 Strikeouts: 44
2012 Innings: 25

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Texas

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State; 2011 Perfect Game All-American; No. 26 Ranked Prospect in the Class of 2012 by ESPNHS; No. 5 Ranked Prospect in the Class of 2012 by Perfect Game;

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.

Wyatt Mathisen: Senior catcher/RHP, Calallen (Corpus Christi)
Austin Dean: Senior thirdbaseman, Klein Collins (Klein)
Cavan Biggio: Junior third baseman, St. Thomas (Houston)

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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