ESPNBoston.com and its High Schools section today announce that Scott Creedon, senior right-handed pitcher of the Braintree High School Wamps, is the recipient of this year’s sixth annual “Mr. Baseball” award, given to the top high school player in Massachusetts.
The Mr. Baseball Award was chosen by a panel of ESPNBoston.com staff and correspondents. Creedon will be presented with the Mr. Baseball Award at a date to be determined later.
Creedon is the first Braintree player to be honored as Mr. Baseball in the award’s history. He joins past recipients such as St. John’s Prep’s Justin Foley (2015), Springfield Central’s Isan Diaz (2014), St. John’s Prep’s Brandon Bingel (2013), Lowell’s Matt Tulley (2012), and Lawrence Academy’s Tyler Beede (2011).
“Scott is one of those guys that comes around once a decade,” said Braintree head coach Bill O’Connell. “Scott is in that category of athlete where he’s just an ultimate warrior competitor. He just wins. He knows how to win games. He does so much for a team in so many different ways – not just by his performance, but psychologically, too. Our team competed different when he was on the mound. He just has that calming effect.”
Coming into the spring Creeedon was regarded as one of the best arms in the Bay State, and all season long he lived up to the hype. He helped guide Braintree to their third straight appearance in MIAA Division 1A (“Super Eight”) State Championship Tournament.
As he did his entire career, Creedon saved his best stuff for the postseason. During the Super Eight, the Wamps’ ace went 3-0, going the full nine innings in each start -- including Game 2 of the Super Eight championship game against St. John’s Prep. For the second straight year, Creedon was named MVP of the tournament by ESPNBoston.com.
For his career, Creedon went 7-0 in the postseason, without ever giving up more than four runs in an outing.
“I thought the St. John’s Prep players had the ultimate comment about him in their interviews after the game,” O’Connell said. “They said he’s gonna be right around the strike zone all night, so you’d better swing. That’s the ultimate compliment, to be around the strike zone effectively with all four of your pitches -- knuckle, change, curve and fastball. He’s that No. 1 pitcher in baseball where, you could have a three-game losing streak but the No. 1 is going to come in and stop the bleeding. He’s gonna win that game you need him to win. He’s the ultimate gamer.”
For the 2016 season, Creedon went 8-1 with 68 strikeouts in 69 innings pitched, while walking just nine, for an ERA of 1.96. Over the course of his three-year varsity career at Braintree, Creedon went a remarkable 24-4, striking out 208 in 218 innings with a career 1.94 ERA.
Next year, Creedon will continue his career at Long Island University Brooklyn.