Sunday, May 20, 2012
Eye on POY: Louisiana Baseball
By Joel Beck
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.
Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Mississippi
How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2010-11 Gatorade Louisiana Baseball Player of the Year; 2009-2011 First Team All-State; 2011 and 2012 Louisville Slugger All-American; 2011 Under Armour All-American Game MVP; Team USA 18U member; Ranked No. 8 in the Class of 2012 by ESPNHS
Senior RHP, Jesuit (New Orleans, LA)
2012 Team record: 29-9
2012 Team standing: 2011 First Team All-State; 2011 and 2012 First Team All-District; 2011 First Team All-Metro;
Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Tulane
How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-State; 2011 and 2012 First Team All-District; 2011 First Team All-Metro;
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.
Stryker Trahan: Senior catcher, Acadiana (Lafayette, LA)
Mitchell Sewald: Senior RHP, Archbishop Rummel (Metairie, LA)
Jameson Fisher: Senior catcher, Zachary (LA)
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.