High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Rochester Century

Minnesota Baseball POY: Mitch Brown

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: Mitch Brown


School: Rochester Century (Rochester, Minn.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Right-handed pitcher
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 205 pounds


Athletic achievement: Brown led the Panthers to a 15-6 record entering the Class 3A sectional quarterfinals against Northfield (Minn.), scheduled for May 29. Through 21 games, he owned a 7-1 record on the mound with a 0.91 ERA, recording 108 strikeouts in 54 innings pitched. Brown was a First Team All-State and First Team All-Conference selection as a junior.

Academic excellence: Brown has maintained a 3.32 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of the Salvation Army and has also donated his time to youth baseball programs.

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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.

Mitch Brown
Senior Pitcher, Rochester Century High (Rochester, MN)

2012 Team record: 13-4
2012 Team standing: Sectional tournament begins May 25

2012 W-L record: 7-1
2012 ERA: 0.56
2012 Strikeouts: 103

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: San Diego

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: First Team All-State; All-State Tournament Team in 2011; Ranked No. 44 draft prospect by Baseball America.

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