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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

2012 Batting average: .561
2012 RBI: 52
2012 Runs: 46

2012 W-L record: 7-2
2012 ERA: 2.90
2012 Strikeouts: 53
2012 Innings: 54

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: Arkansas

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-State; 2011 First Team All-District; Connie Mack World Series participant

Andre Vigil
Junior second baseman, Volcano Vista (Albuquerque)

2012 Team record: 22-11
2012 Team standing: Lost in Class 5A semifinals

2012 Batting average: .535
2012 RBI: 40
2012 Runs: 35

2012 W-L record: 8-2
2012 ERA: 3.32
2012 Strikeouts: 61

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.