The Gatorade State Baseball Players of the Year selection process is in full swing, and what better way to kick off coverage than with profiles of returning underclassmen winners? Repeating is no guarantee, but here's a snapshot of what this year’s challengers can shoot for.
Name: Kayden Porter
School: Spanish Fork (Utah)
Weight: 240 pounds
2011 W-L-S: 9-1-1
2011 IP: 59
2011 ERA: 2.14
2011 K-BB: 85-13
2011 BA: .570
2011 HR: 14
2011 RBI: 50
2011 R: 33
Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Utah Baseball Player of the Year. No. 46 ranked prospect in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNHS. Led the Dons (24-2) to the 2011 Class 4A state quarterfinals. 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State selection. 2011 Power Showcase International home run derby invitee.
Academics: A average
College: University of North Carolina
Extracurricular activities: He has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics and a literacy-outreach initiative for elementary school students.
Shoe Nelson, head coach at Spanish Fork: “I honestly believe Kayden Porter is the best high school baseball player in the state. He just has so much power and pop both at the plate and on the mound.”
Each Gatorade State Player of the Year is challenged by thousands of fellow high school athletes. These are a few of the returning boys soccer underclassmen that also contended in 2010-11.
Riley Gates: Junior infielder, Snow Canyon (St. George, Utah)
Brady Lail: Senior right-handed pitcher, Bingham (South Jordan, Utah)
Connor Williams: Senior outfielder, Bingham (South Jordan, Utah)
A dedicated ESPNHS POY team manages the Gatorade Player of the Year selection process and oversees all research, reporting, comparative analysis and criteria-compliance on the program’s behalf. Candidates are judged on athletic production and impact in the current season. Contenders must demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Senior status has no bearing on a candidate’s merit and selections are made independent of ESPNHS recruit rankings.
To nominate a student-athlete for Player of the Year honors, contact the POY team at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.