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.
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THE WINNER: Joey Gallo
School: Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.)
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.
“Joey Gallo is one of the most naturally talented kids I’ve ever been around,” said Bishop Gorman head coach Nick Day. “The ball jumps off his bat like no one else and I’ve seen him get pretty close to 100 MPH on the radar gun. He just has so much pure ability.”
THE FUTURE: Gallo has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on an athletic scholarship at Louisiana State University this fall, but is projected as an early round selection in next month’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.