High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Fairhope

Eye on POY: Alabama baseball

May, 21, 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.

Toby Thomas
Senior right-handed pitcher/shortstop, Fairhope (Ala.)

2012 Team record: 38-7 (Class 6A)
2012 Team standing: Lost Class 6A state final to Oxford, 0-2, 5-3 and 7-12; Ranked No. 30 on ESPNHS FAB 50

2012 W-L record: 11-1
2012 ERA: 0.46
2012 Strikeouts: 128

2012 Batting average: .347
2012 RBI: 42
2012 Runs: 40

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Pensacola State College

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Finished 4-1 with a 0.88 ERA and 51 strikeouts against six walks in 32 innings pitched over five playoff starts on the mound. Averaged 1.7 strikeouts per inning. 2012 Louisville Slugger Preseason First Team All-American as named by Collegiate Baseball. 2012 Preseason Honorable Mention All-Region selection as named by Perfect Game USA. 2011 Perfect Game USA Preseason Underclassmen Honorable Mention All-American selection.

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