High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Kevin Mooney

Maryland Baseball POY: Kevin Mooney

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: Kevin Mooney


School: North Harford (Pylesville, Md.)
Grade: Senior
Position: RHP/OF
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 195 pounds


Athletic achievement: Mooney posted a 9-1 record with a 0.30 ERA and 114 strikeouts in 64 innings this past season, leading the Hawks (23-3) to the Class 3A state final. A 2012 Maryland High School Coaches Association Preseason All-State selection, he also batted .361 with 30 RBI and a 1.191 OPS.

Academic excellence: Mooney has maintained a 4.06 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society, the German National Honor Society and his school’s Student Government Association executive board, he has also volunteered locally on behalf of his church youth group and is the founding member of his school’s table tennis club.

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Eye on POY: Maryland Baseball

May, 26, 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.

Brady Barr
Senior first baseman, Bowie (MD)

2012 Team record: 20-3
2012 Team standing: Lost in Class 4A semifinals

2012 Batting average: .700
2012 RBI: 46
2012 Runs: 45

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

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

Kevin Mooney
Senior RHP/outfielder, North Harford (Pylesville)

2012 Team record: 23-2
2012 Team standing: Will play in Class 3A state final on May 26

2012 W-L record: 9-0
2012 ERA: 0.24
2012 Strikeouts: 109
2012 Innings: 58

2012 Batting average:
2012 RBI: 30
2012 OPS: 1.191

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Maryland

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Pitched a perct game in 2012 Class 3A semifinals; 2009-2011 First Team All-County; 2011 Baltimore Sun All-Metro; 2012 Maryland High School Baseball Coaches Association Pre-Season All-State selection;

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.

Kevin Doherty: Senior LHP, Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney)
Josh hader: Senior RHP, Old Mill (Millersville)
Brandon Casas: Senior RHP, Gilman (Baltimore)
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.