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: Kayden Porter
School: Spanish Fork (Utah)
Weight: 240 pounds
Athletic achievement: Porter batted .400 with 10 home runs and 31 RBI, leading the Dons (21-5) to the Class 3A state semifinals. The 2010-11 Gatorade Utah Baseball Player of the Year, he also posted a 5-0 record on the mound with a 1.75 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 40 innings. He scored 30 runs and compiled an .862 slugging percentage in 2012.
Academic excellence: Porter has maintained a 3.80 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally as a guest reader for elementary school students, as a youth softball coach and as part of a fundraising campaign to benefit breast cancer research.
“Kayden Porter is a man against boys,” said Robert Ferneau, head coach at Layton (Utah). “He is enormously talented and always plays hard which is why Spanish Fork is always as good as they are.”
THE FUTURE: Porter has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on an athletic scholarship at the University of North Carolina this fall.