High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: St. Joseph Regional

New Jersey Baseball POY: Robert Kaminsky

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: Robert Kaminsky

THE BASICS

School: St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.)
Grade: Junior
Position: LHP/CF
Height: 6-foot
Weight: 188 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Kaminsky led the Green Knights to a 20-5 record entering the Non-Public, North A tournament quarterfinals, scheduled for May 29. A Preseason First Team All-American as named by Perfect Game USA, he owned a 7-1 record with a 0.00 ERA and 90 strikeouts against just 13 walks in 46 innings pitched through his first 25 games. Kaminsky threw six shutouts and three no-hitters in his first eight starts. He batted .416 with one home run and 18 RBI. A returning First Team All-Bergen County selection, Kaminsky produced a .597 slugging percentage.

Academic excellence: Kaminsky has maintained a B average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has donated his time at a local food pantry and volunteered on behalf of the Ho-Ho-Kus Volunteer Ambulance Corps as an EMT.

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Eye on POY: New Jersey 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.

Robert Kaminsky
Junior left-handed pitcher/centerfielder, St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.)

2012 Team record: 19-5
2012 Team standing: Non-Public A state playoffs begin on May 21

2012 Batting average: .429
2012 RBI: 18
2012 Runs: 20

2012 W-L record: 6-0
2012 ERA: 0.00
2012 Strikeouts: 66

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: No. 35 ranked prospect in Class of 2013 as rated by Perfect Game USA. 2012 Preseason First Team All-American as named by Perfect Game USA. 2012 Preseason First Team All-State selection as named by ESPNHS. 2011 First Team All-Bergen County selection. 2012 Preseason Underclassmen Second Team All-American as named by Perfect Game USA.

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