High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Mitch Nay

Arizona Baseball POY: Mitch Nay

May, 30, 2012
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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: Mitch Nay

THE BASICS

School: Hamilton (City, State)
Grade: Senior
Position: Third baseman
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 198 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Nay batted .380 with 11 home runs and 31 RBI this past season, leading the Huskies (23-9) to the second round of the Division I state tournament. A returning Arizona Baseball Coaches Association First Team All-State selection, he produced an .837 slugging percentage and .520 on-base percentage in addition to scoring 33 runs. A member of the 2011 USA Baseball 18U National Team Trials Roster, he is the No. 9-ranked recruit in the Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNHS.

Academic excellence: Nay has maintained a 4.30 weighted GPA in the classroom and represents one of the state’s top academic candidates in meeting the Gatorade Award’s broad criteria.

Exemplary character: In addition to donating his time as a youth baseball instructor, he had volunteered on behalf of the Hope for Kids and Chandler Compadres organizations as well as part of a holiday gift-giving campaign to benefit the needy.

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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.

David Graybill
Senior first baseman/outfielder/right-handed pitcher, Brophy College Prep (Phoenix, Ariz.)

2012 Team record: 23-10 (Division I)
2012 Team standing: Lost Division I state final to Chaparral (Scottsdale, Ariz.), 5-3

2012 Batting average: .443
2012 RBI: 28
2012 Runs: 37

2012 W-L record: 4-1
2012 ERA: 2.95
2012 Strikeouts: 33

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Arizona State University

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Finished 8-for-20 with one home run and seven RBI in six Division I state tournament games. Owned a .925 slugging percentage and .538 on-base percentage. No. 247 ranked prospect in Class of 2012 as rated by Perfect Game USA. 2011 Area Code Games participant. 2011 Power Showcase Home Run Derby participant. 2011 Junior Sunbelt Classic All-Tournament selection. 2011 First Team All-Fiesta Region selection.

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