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Eye on POY: California Baseball

5/24/2012

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.

Max Fried

Senior LHP/outfielder, Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood)

2012 Team record: 24-5

2012 Team standing: Lost in second round of Division II CIF Southern Section tournament

2012 W-L record: 8-2

2012 ERA: 2.02

2012 Strikeouts: 105

2012 Innings: 66

2012 Batting average: .448

2012 RBI: 20

2012 Runs: 27

Academics: A average

Collegiate destination: UCLA

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2010 and 2011 First Team All-CIF; 2011 Area Code Games participant; 2011 Perfect Game All-American Classic; Ranked No. 4 in the Class of 2012 by ESPNHS; Ranked No. 7 in the Class of 2012 by Perfect Game; 2011 First Team All-State

Ty Moore

Senior LHP/outfielder, Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood)

2012 Team record: 23-5

2012 Team standing: Will play in Division I CIF Southern Section quarterfinals on May 25

2012 Batting average: .415

2012 RBI: 23

2012 Runs: 29

2012 Stolen bases: 10

2012 W-L record: 11-1

2012 ERA: 0.81

2012 Strikeouts: 65

2012 Innings: 60.33

Academics: B-plus average

Collegiate destination: UCLA

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Ranked No. 98 in the Class of 2012 by ESPNHS; Ranked No. 77 in the Class of 2012 by Perfect Game; 2011 First Team All-State; 2011 OC Register Player of the Year; 2011 Louisville Slugger All-American

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.

Hunter Virant: Senior LHP, Camarillo (CA)

Dominic Smith: Junior outfielder, Serra (San Diego)

Jeremy Martinez: Junior catcher, Mater Dei (Santa Ana)

Justin Garza: Senior RHP, Bonita (La Verne)



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.