Sunday, May 27, 2012
Eye on POY: New Mexico 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.
Shilo McCall Senior outfielder/RHP, Piedra Vista (Farmington)
2012 Team record: 35-4
2012 Team standing: Won Class 4A state title
Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: New Mexico (verbally committed)
How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-State; 2011 District 1 Class 5A Player of the Year
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.
Reese Lucero: Senior catcher, La Cueva (Albuquerque)
Hunter Blaylock: Senior catcher, Belen (N.M.)
Cody Bower: Junior outfielder, St. Pius (Albuquerque)
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.