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: Collin Wiles
School: Blue Valley West (Overland Park, Kan.)
Weight: 185 pounds
Athletic achievement: Wiles led the Jaguars (21-3) to the Class 6A state final this past season. He posted an 8-0 record on the mound with a 0.10 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 49.1 innings. A 2011 First Team All-State selection, Wiles also batted .375 with 11 RBI and 10 runs scored.
Academic excellence: Wiles has maintained a 3.08 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A devoted member of his church community, he has assisted in relief efforts for earthquake victims in Haiti.
“Collin Wiles is a very talented pitcher,” said Lorne Parks, head coach at St. Thomas Aquinas (Olathe, Kan.). “He is very aggressive and he mixes up his pitches well to keep hitters off balance. He always has great mound presence and carries himself in a positive manner.”
THE FUTURE: Wiles has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on an athletic scholarship at Vanderbilt University this fall.