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: Mitch Brown
School: Rochester Century (Rochester, Minn.)
Position: Right-handed pitcher
Weight: 205 pounds
Athletic achievement: Brown led the Panthers to a 15-6 record entering the Class 3A sectional quarterfinals against Northfield (Minn.), scheduled for May 29. Through 21 games, he owned a 7-1 record on the mound with a 0.91 ERA, recording 108 strikeouts in 54 innings pitched. Brown was a First Team All-State and First Team All-Conference selection as a junior.
Academic excellence: Brown has maintained a 3.32 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of the Salvation Army and has also donated his time to youth baseball programs.
“Brown is a very talented and dominating pitcher,” said Dan Quame, head coach at Mankato East (Mankato, Minn.). “He has command of a number of different pitches and he’s got great athletic ability. In 20 years of coaching high school baseball, he’s one of the top pitchers I’ve seen first-hand.”
THE FUTURE: Brown has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at the University of San Diego this fall, but is projected as an early round selection in next month’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.