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.
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THE WINNER: Carson Kelly
School: Westview (Portland, Ore.)
Weight: 210 pounds
Athletic achievement: The state’s returning Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year, Kelly posted a 6-3 record on the mound with a 1.09 ERA and 80 strikeouts against just seven walks in 58 innings pitched this past season, leading the Wildcats (18-9) to a berth in the Class 6A state tournament. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound senior infielder batted .398 with five home runs and 26 RBI. He produced a .747 slugging percentage and .514 on-base percentage. Kelly finished 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA and 21 strikeouts against three walks in 19 innings during the 2011 USA Baseball 18U National Team’s gold medal run in the Pan American Games. The returning Class 6A Player of the Year, he led Westview to its first baseball state title in 2011 as a junior.
Academic excellence: Kelly has maintained a 3.81 weighted GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has donated his time as a youth baseball instructor on behalf of USA Baseball and the Sun Creek Little League.
“As an athlete, he is outstanding,” said Tim McSwain, head coach at rival Aloha (Ore.). “He’s one of the best baseball players I have seen come through in a long time. He is a complete player -- he can hit, play in the field and pitch.”
THE FUTURE: Kelly has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at the University of Oregon this fall, but is projected as an early round selection in next month’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.