High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Piedra Vista

New Mexico Baseball POY: Shilo McCall

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: Shilo McCall


School: Piedra Vista (Farmington, N.M.)
Grade: Senior
Position: OF/RHP
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 205 pounds


Athletic achievement: McCall led the Panthers (28-3) to their third straight Class 4A state championship this past season. He batted .561 with seven home runs, 52 RBI and 46 runs scored, posting a .667 on-base percentage. A 2011 First Team All-State selection, McCall also compiled a 7-2 record on the mound with a 2.90 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 54 innings pitched.

Academic excellence: McCall has maintained a 3.68 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A devoted member of his church community, he has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics and as a youth baseball coach.

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Eye on POY: New Mexico Baseball

May, 27, 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.

Shilo McCall
Senior outfielder/RHP, Piedra Vista (Farmington)

2012 Team record: 35-4
2012 Team standing: Won Class 4A state title

2012 Batting average: .561
2012 RBI: 52
2012 Runs: 46

2012 W-L record: 7-2
2012 ERA: 2.90
2012 Strikeouts: 53
2012 Innings: 54

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: Arkansas

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-State; 2011 First Team All-District; Connie Mack World Series participant

Andre Vigil
Junior second baseman, Volcano Vista (Albuquerque)

2012 Team record: 22-11
2012 Team standing: Lost in Class 5A semifinals

2012 Batting average: .535
2012 RBI: 40
2012 Runs: 35

2012 W-L record: 8-2
2012 ERA: 3.32
2012 Strikeouts: 61

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: New Mexico (verbally committed)

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-State; 2011 District 1 Class 5A Player of the Year

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.

Reese Lucero: Senior catcher, La Cueva (Albuquerque)
Hunter Blaylock: Senior catcher, Belen (N.M.)
Cody Bower: Junior outfielder, St. Pius (Albuquerque)

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.