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Eye on POY: Michigan Baseball

5/26/2012

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.

Carmen Benedetti

Junior first baseman/LHP, Grosse Pointe South (Grosse Pointe)

2012 Team record: 13-10

2012 Team standing: Division 1 District Tournament begins May 29

2012 Batting average: .519

2012 RBI: 24

2012 Runs: 16

2012 W-L record: 2-0

2012 ERA: 2.67

2012 Strikeouts: 28

2012 Innings: 21

Academics: B average

Collegiate destination: Michigan

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2012 Louisville Slugger Pre-Season All-American; 2011 First Team All-State

Brett Sunde

Senior catcher, Bishop Foley (Madison Heights)

2012 Team record: 25-3

2012 Team standing: Division 3 District Tournament begins May 29

2012 Batting average: .500

2012 RBI: 32

2012 Runs: 31

Academics: X average

Collegiate destination: School Name (commitment)

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State; 2009-2011 First Team All-District; 2009-2011 First Team All-Region; 2010 and 2011 First Team All-League;

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.

Jacob Cronenworth: Senior shortstop, St. Clair (MI)

Cam Gibson: Senior outfielder, Grosse Pointe South (Grosse Pointe)

Travis Maezes: Senior outfielder/shortstop, Pioneer (Ann Arbor)



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.