High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Austin Solecitto

Eye on POY: New Jersey baseball

May, 18, 2012
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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.

Robert Kaminsky
Junior left-handed pitcher/centerfielder, St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.)

2012 Team record: 19-5
2012 Team standing: Non-Public A state playoffs begin on May 21

2012 Batting average: .429
2012 RBI: 18
2012 Runs: 20

2012 W-L record: 6-0
2012 ERA: 0.00
2012 Strikeouts: 66

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: No. 35 ranked prospect in Class of 2013 as rated by Perfect Game USA. 2012 Preseason First Team All-American as named by Perfect Game USA. 2012 Preseason First Team All-State selection as named by ESPNHS. 2011 First Team All-Bergen County selection. 2012 Preseason Underclassmen Second Team All-American as named by Perfect Game USA.

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