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: Ty Moore
School: Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
Weight: 190 pounds
Athletic achievement: Moore led the Monarchs to a 24-5 record and a berth in the Division I CIF Southern Section semifinals against Newbury Park (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), scheduled for May 29. At the time of his selection, he had posted a 12-1 record on the mound with a 0.83 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 67.1 innings. A 2011 Louisville Slugger All-American and First Team All-State selection, Moore also batted .412 with 23 RBI, 30 runs scored and 10 stolen bases in 10 attempts.
Academic excellence: Moore has maintained a 3.77 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A devoted member of his church community, he has volunteered locally at an area food bank and homeless shelter and on behalf multiple community service initiatives in association with the National Honor Society.
“I haven’t seen a better player this season than Ty Moore,” Brett Kay, head coach at JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.). “He’s a total, complete player and the toughest guy we’ve had to pitch to all season. He doesn’t take games off and he’s really an intimidating factor in their lineup.”
THE FUTURE: Moore has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on an athletic scholarship at UCLA this fall, but is projected as an early round selection in next month’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.