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Thursday, October 13, 2011
POY Potential: Top Iowa baseball prospects

The Gatorade Player of the Year Program honors athletes who meet comprehensive and exacting criteria in high school sports. Candidates are judged on athletic production and impact in the current season. Contenders also must demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Senior status has no bearing on a candidate’s merit and selections are made independent of Perfect Game USA's prospect rankings.

That being said, the state’s top recruits as ranked by Perfect Game USA are sure to enter the 2011-12 Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year conversation at some point. Here they are …

1. Davis County (Bloomfield, Iowa) senior right-handed pitcher/third baseman Calvin Mathews
2. Roosevelt (Des Moines, Iowa) senior first baseman/left-handed pitcher Sam Norman
A dedicated POY team at ESPNHS manages the Gatorade Player of the Year program selection process and oversees all research, reporting, comparative analysis and criteria-compliance on the award program’s behalf.