High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Joey Gallo

Nevada Baseball POY: Joey Gallo

May, 30, 2012
A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in this winner based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011-12 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 47 fellow Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Joey Gallo


School: Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Grade: Senior
Position: 3B/RHP
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 215 pounds


Athletic achievement: Gallo led the Gaels (40-3) to their seventh consecutive Class 4A state championship this past season. He batted .509 with 21 home runs, 80 RBI and 66 runs scored, posting a 1.167 slugging percentage. The No. 5 ranked prospect in the Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNHS, he also produced a 1.85 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 11.1 innings pitched, including a complete-game no-hitter over top-ranked Gloucester Catholic (Gloucester City, N.J.) in mid-April.

Academic excellence: Gallo has maintained a B average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of Matthew’s Closet, an area non-profit organization that provides clothing for needy families and as a youth baseball coach for physically challenged children.

Read More »

Eye on POY: Nevada Baseball

May, 14, 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.

Joey Gallo
Senior third baseman/RHP, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)

2012 Team record: 37-3
2012 Team standing: Will begin Class 4A state tournament on May 17

2012 Batting average: .519
2012 HR: 20
2012 RBI: 79
2012 Runs: 63

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Louisiana State

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Rated No. 5 in the Class of 2012 by ESPNHS; Went 5-for-5 with four HRs with eight RBIs in a win over Clark (Las Vegas); 2011 Team MVP; 2011 First Team All-State; Helped Bishop Gorman to sixth straight Class 4A state title in 2011

Evan Van Hoosier
Senior second baseman, Green Valley (Henderson)

2012 Team record: 20-16
2012 Team standing: Lost in first round of Class 4A Regional Tournament

2012 Batting average: .567
2012 RBI: 36
2012 Runs: 44

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: UNLV

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

Zach Quintana: Senior RHP/INF, Arbor View (Las Vegas)
A.J. Van Meetren: Senior outfielder, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
Dillon Fahr: Senior outfielder, Coronado (Henderson)

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.