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Eye on POY: District of Columbia Baseball

5/25/2012

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.

Andrew Culp

Junior RHP/first baseman, Maret School (D.C.)

2012 Team record: 18-9

2012 Team standing: Lost in Mid-Atlantic Conference semifinals

2012 W-L record: 6-2

2012 ERA: 2.31

2012 Strikeouts: 57

2012 Innings: 60

2012 Batting average: .500

2012 RBI: 23

2012 Runs: 18

Academics: B average

Collegiate destination: HS Junior

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-Conference; 2012 Team MVP

Danny O'Donnell

Senior RHP, St. John's College High (D.C.)

2012 Team record: 26-3

2012 Team standing: Lost in Washington Catholic Athletic Conference semifinals

2012 W-L record: 6-2

2012 ERA: 0.34

2012 Strikeouts: 43

Academics: B average

Collegiate destination: George Washington

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2012 WCAC 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.

Robinson Mateo: Senior RHP/shortstop, Wilson (D.C.)

Michael Flax: Senior shortstop, St. John's (D.C.)

David Steinbach: Senior shortstop, Sidwell Friends (D.C.)



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.