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Baseball Athlete of the Year

 

2000

Brian Hall
Carlsbad High School, Carlsbad, New Mexico

The 5-foot-11 Hall was an All-District player four years and an All-State player three years. The starting center fielder on Carlsbad High's 1998 Class 4A state championship team, Hall moved to shortstop the next season and continued his outstanding play. He won the state's Triple Crown, setting state records with a .676 batting average and 11 home runs, and his 43 RBIs were one shy of the state record. He was named the Gatorade New Mexico High School Player of the Year and was a USA Today Pre-Season Super 25 selection. He also was named to the First Team by Collegiate America, and to the Second Team by Baseball America.

 

2001

Joe Mauer
Cretin-Derham Hall High School, St. Paul, Minnesota

"Athletes like Joe Mauer are among the success stories produced in high school athletics today," NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro said. "He has worked extremely hard to develop his skills and has become one of the best baseball players not only in the state of Minnesota, but the entire nation, and we are proud to be honoring him." After quarterbacking Cretin-Derham Hall's football team to the Class 5A state title for the second time last fall, Mauer was selected as the Gatorade High School Football Player of the Year, and earned a scholarship to Florida State University. However, he is expected to be one of the first 10 picks in the first round of the upcoming Major League Baseball amateur draft. A catcher, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Mauer hit home runs in seven consecutive games this spring. Through his team's first 19 games, Mauer was hitting .576 with 13 home runs, 35 runs batted in, and 33 runs scored after hitting .565 last season and .550 last summer for Team USA in the World Junior Championships. Mauer's games routinely attract 30 or more major league scouts.  As a quarterback, Mauer passed for 5,528 yards and 73 touchdowns, and posted a 25-2 record as a starter.

 

2002

Jeff Francoeur
Parkview High School, Lilburn, Georgia

"Athletes like Jeff Francoeur are among the success stories produced in high school athletics today," NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro said. "He has worked extremely hard to develop his skills and has become one of the best baseball players not only in the state of Georgia, but the entire nation, and we are proud to be honoring him."   One of the nation's top two-sport athletes, Francoeur earned a scholarship to Clemson University after intercepting a school-record 28 passes - 15 as a junior, also a record - as a football free safety and batting .500 both his junior and senior seasons on the diamond, hitting 20 home runs as a junior. Parkview High won Class 5A state titles in both sports his junior and senior years. Francoeur saved his best for last, going 6-for-7 with four home runs, including a grand slam, in the team's two-game state title series this spring and also was the winning pitcher in both games in relief. The Atlanta Braves made the 6-foot-4, 200-pound Francoeur their first-round pick (No. 23 overall) in this year's Major League Draft.

 

2004

David "Homer" Bailey
LaGrange High School, LaGrange, Texas 

Bailey, the seventh overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft, is a 6-4 right-hander with a 94 m.p.h. fastball. With a .57 ERA as a senior, Bailey registered a 13-0 record with 180 strikeouts and just 12 walks. Bailey held opponents to a .089 batting average when on the mound, and himself batted .436 with 30 RBI's in the number five slot.

 

2005

Colby Rasmus
Russell County High School, Seale, Alabama

Coached by Rasmus' father, Tony, Russell County High has been ranked No. 1 in virtually every national high school baseball Top 25 this season, and Colby Rasmus is one of the major reasons. Rated a first-round major league draft prospect by schoolsports.com, Rasmus, an outfielder who will attend Auburn University, currently is batting .505 and leads the nation with 22 home runs, two more than Bo Jackson's previous single-season state record of 20. He also has 13 doubles, three triples, 61 RBIs and 64 runs scored. He also can run, as he showed last year when he stole 33 bases. His brother, Cory, a junior, also is a future star with a .442 average, 15 home runs, and a 9-0 record and 0.50 ERA as a pitcher.  

 

2006

Kyle Drabek
The Woodlands High School, The Woodlands, Texas

The youngest son of former major league pitcher and Cy Young Award winner Doug Drabek, the 6-foot-1 right-hander, whose fastball has been clocked as high as 97 miles per hour, sports a 9-0 record with a 1.15 earned-run average and 97 strikeouts this spring to lead the top-ranked team in the USA Today Super 25. At the plate, Drabek leads the Houston area with 10 home runs, and also has 33 RBIs and a team-leading .462 batting average. As a junior, Drabek batted .479 with six home runs and 33 RBIs and was 11-1 on the mound with a 0.82 earned-run average and 155 strikeouts in 77 innings. He was selected to the Baseball America Pre-Season All-America First Team and is projected to be a high first-round selection in the upcoming Major League Baseball amateur draft.

 

2007

Blake Beaven
Irving High School, Irving, Texas  

The 6-foot-7, 215-pound Beaven was named Youth Player of the Year by Baseball America after scattering seven hits and striking out 11 in shutting out Cuba, 4-0, in the 2006 World Junior Championships, helping the U.S. team win the silver medal. In the same event in 2005, Beaven blanked Chinese Taipei as the U.S. also took home the silver medal. This season, Beaven, whose fastball has been clocked at 96 miles per hour, is 9-2 with a 0.19 earned-run average and 139 strikeouts - with just five walks - in 73 innings. Though his career record is just 25-13, he has 424 career strikeouts in just 247 1/3 innings with a 0.91 earned-run average. He has accepted a scholarship to the University of Oklahoma, but is projected to be a high first-round selection in the upcoming Major League Baseball amateur draft.

 

2008

Kyle Skipworth
Patriot High School, Riverside, California

After playing left field and first base earlier in his high school career, the 6-foot-4, 200-pound Skipworth has emerged as the nation's No. 1 catching prospect. Earlier this season, he set a national record with 18 consecutive hits and a state record by reaching base in 25 straight at-bats. Through his team's first 26 games, Skipworth was batting .580 with 13 home runs, 47 RBIs, 49 runs scored, 11 intentional walks and a .660 on-base percentage. He batted .407 with eight home runs as a junior - 23 of his 35 hits going for extra bases - and he had a 6-for-6 game as a sophomore, when he hit .355 with 11 extra-base hits and a team-high 24 RBIs. Only four opposing baserunners have tried to steal against him this spring, and only one has been successful. Also an outstanding student with a 3.8 grade-point average, Skipworth is committed to Arizona State University, but is projected to be a top five selection in the upcoming Major League Baseball amateur draft.

 

2009

Patrick Schuster
James W. Mitchell High School, New Port Richey, Florida    

The 6-foot-2, 167-pound left-handed pitcher turned the high school baseball world upside down this spring when he set a state record by pitching four consecutive no-hitters. The previous record had stood for 22 years. In his record-breaking fourth straight no-hitter on April 20, he struck out 17 in a 5-0 victory over Dade City Pasco High, mixing a 90-plus fastball with curve balls and sliders. In his four no-hitters, Schuster struck out 60, while issuing only seven walks. Schuster finished 8-1 this season with a 0.93 earned-run average, striking out 115 and allowing just 16 hits in 60 innings. A 29-inning hitless streak ended when he yielded a third-inning double in a 9-4 loss to Tampa Gaither High in the state playoffs. Schuster also was an offensive threat, batting .403 with 21 RBIs and 21 runs scored. As a junior, he posted a 5-2 record and a 1.07 ERA. He will attend the University of Florida.

 

2010

Drew Vettleson
Central Kitsap High School, Silverdale, Washington

Ambidextrous since birth, the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder is projected as an outfielder as a professional, but Vettleson is a rarity at any level: a switch-pitcher. He has been clocked at 93 miles per hour as a right-handed pitcher and 88 miles per hour as a lefty. The Gatorade Washington Player of the Year as a junior, Vettleson owned a career 6-3 record, 2.10 earned-run average and 64 strikeouts in 57 innings entering this year, as well as a .408 career batting average with 10 home runs and 39 RBIs. He was named Player of the Year this spring by the Tacoma News-Tribune.  Vettleson hit two grand slams in a game against Tacoma Stadium High earlier this year, then struck out 11 and allowed just three hits in 6 2/3 innings in a 7-1 victory over Puyallup Emerald Ridge High that propelled the Cougars to a fourth straight state tournament berth. Rated No. 19 in Baseball America’s pre-season Top 100, Vettleson, committed to Oregon State University, should be selected in the first two rounds of the upcoming Major League draft.

 

2011

Dylan Bundy
Owasso High School, Owasso, Oklahoma  

The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder is projected as a pitcher as a professional, but the switch-hitting Bundy was named Second-Team All-America by Baseball America as a junior at two positions: utility player and pitcher. The right-handed hurler posted a record of 11-1 as a junior with a 1.58 ERA. In 80 innings, he struck out 164, while walking just 20 and allowing 41 hits. He also batted .442 with 16 doubles and seven home runs, driving in 51 runs and scoring 50. This spring, Bundy, who was clocked at 100 miles per hour four times in one start alone, has exceeded those numbers and led Owasso, the 6A state champions three straight seasons from 2007-09, to a No. 1 national ranking by several publications and the state title game. Through May 6, Bundy was 10-0 with a 0.22 ERA, with 147 strikeouts and just five walks, 18 hits and two earned runs allowed in 64 innings. A workout warrior who squats 500 pounds and leg-presses 1,200 pounds, Bundy has signed with the University of Texas, but is projected to be selected in the top half of the first round in the upcoming Major League draft. His brother, Bobby, was an eighth-round selection of the Baltimore Orioles in 2008 and is progressing through their system.

 

2012

Joey Gallo
Bishop Gorman HighSchool, Las Vegas, Nevada

Considered the top senior corner infield prospect by ESPN Rise,the 6-foot-5, 205-pound Gallo leads the nation with 20 home runs and 79 RBIs, according to MaxPreps.com. He has led six time defending state champion Bishop Gorman to a 37-3 record this spring. The left-handed hitter is batting .519 with 63 runs scored, eight doubles and 12 stolen bases, and has gone hitless in just seven games. Gallo has signed with Louisiana State University, but he is projected to be a first-round selection in the upcoming Major League Draft. His power potential is being compared to another Las Vegas product, 2010 No. 1 overall pick Bryce Harper, now starting for the Washington Nationals.Last spring, Gallo batted .471 with 25 home runs, 79 RBIs and64 runs scored, and was named to the High School All-America second team by Baseball America. Last summer, in the Perfect Game All-American Classic at Petco Park in San Diego, Gallohit a 442-foot home run into the center-field bleachers, the 10thlongesthome run hit in the park’s history. In February, he had two hits in three at-bats in a scrimmage against Lucas Giolitoof Westlake Village (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake School, who is projected to be the top overall pick. Gallo was a starter on the USA Baseball Under-18 National Team that went 9-0 to win the Pan-American Championships at Cartagena, Colombia, out scoring its opponents by an 88-8 margin.

 

2013

Clint Frazier
Loganville High School, Loganville, Georgia  

Clint Frazier capped his high school career by being drafted by the Cleveland Indians with the fifth overall pick in the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft in June. The 6-foot, 180-pound senior center fielder batted .485 with 17 home runs, 56 runs scored, 45 RBI and a 1.134 slugging percentage this season. Frazier led Loganville (26-6) to the Class AAAAA quarterfinals this past season. Frazier has already signed his major league contract.  

 

2014

Brady Aiken
Cathedral Catholic High School, San Diego, California

Brady Aiken was the #1 overall pick in the 2014 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft after a great high school career at Cathedral Catholic High School. The 6-3 left-handed pitcher was selected by the Houston Astros. Aiken had an incredible senior season with a 7-0 record with an ERA of 1.06 in 59 2/3 innings of work. He struck-out 111 of 228 batters he faced in 2014. Aiken was the winning pitcher with ten strikeouts for the United States 18-and-Under team that defeated Tawain in the World Cup of Baseball in 2013. Aiken is the second California baseball player to be honored by the NHSCA in baseball. Kyle Skipworth of Patriot High School, who is currently a catcher with the Miami Marlins, was named NHSCA Baseball Player of the Year in 2008.

  

2015

Mike Nikorak
Stroudsburg High School, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

Mike Nikorak has a big decision ahead as he’ll have to choose between heading to the University of Alabama to begin his college career or sign with the Colorado Rockies, who drafted him with the 27th overall pick in the recent Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.  A 2014 first team Pennsylvania all-state honoree, Nikorak posted a 2-1 record with a 0.94 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 29.2 innings this season.. The nation's No. 3 prep prospect as rated by Perfect Game USA, also batted .417 with six home runs, 23 RBIs and a .792 slugging percentage.  Nikorak was the starting pitcher at the Under Armour All-American game at Wrigley Field in Chicago last summer, pitching one scoreless inning without allowing a baserunner and striking out two.

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