High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Lance McCullers

Eye on POY: Florida baseball

May, 18, 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.

Albert Almora
Senior centerfielder, Mater Academy (Hialeah Gardens)

2012 Team record: 21-6 (Class 6A)
2012 Team standing: Did not qualify for Class 6A state tournament

2012 Batting average: .603
2012 RBI: 34
2012 Runs: 42

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: University of Miami

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Produced a .667 on-base percentage and .977 slugging percentage. No. 11 ranked prospect in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNHS. 2011 USA Baseball Player of the Year. 2011 USA Baseball 18U National Team Most Valuable Player (Pan American Games gold medalist). 2011 All-American as named by Perfect Game and Louisville Slugger. 2011 Perfect Game All-American Classic participant.

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