High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Northwest Cabarrus

North Carolina Baseball POY: Corey Seager

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: Corey Seager

THE BASICS

School: Northwest Cabarrus (Concord, N.C.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Shortstop
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 205 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Seager batted .519 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI this past season, leading the Trojans (23-5) to the second round of the Class 3A state tournament. A returning All-American as named by Perfect Game USA, Louisville Slugger and Collegiate Baseball, he stole 13 bases while producing a 1.062 slugging percentage and .664 on-base percentage. In nine games for the 2010 USA Baseball 16-and-Under National Team, Seager batted .514 with a home run and 12 RBI, earning All-Tournament honors in leading his countrymen to a gold medal at the Pan-American Games.

Academic excellence: Seager has maintained a 4.05 weighted GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Future Farmers of America, the National Beta Club and the Athletes Who Share Unselfish Moments (AWSUM) Club, he has donated his time locally as a youth baseball instructor, on behalf of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and as a motivational speaker at a children’s hospital.

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Eye on POY: North Carolina baseball

May, 18, 2012
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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.

Ty Buttrey
Senior right-handed pitcher/outfielder, Providence (Charlotte, N.C.)

2012 Team record: 25-3 (Class 4A)
2012 Team standing: Lost Class 4A first round to Mount Tabor, 5-4

2012 W-L record: 9-2
2012 ERA: 0.91
2012 Strikeouts: 100

2012 Batting average: .368
2012 RBI: 26
2012 Runs: 20

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: University of Arkansas

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Owned a 5.3-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. No. 32 ranked prospect in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNHS. In addition to recording two saves, hurled two shutouts and one perfect game this season. 2012 Preseason First Team All-American as named by Perfect Game USA. 2011 Preseason Underclassmen Honorable Mention All-American as named by Perfect Game USA.

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