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: Corey Seager
School: Northwest Cabarrus (Concord, N.C.)
Weight: 205 pounds
Athletic achievement: Seager batted .519 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI this past season, leading the Trojans (23-5) to the second round of the Class 3A state tournament. A returning All-American as named by Perfect Game USA, Louisville Slugger and Collegiate Baseball, he stole 13 bases while producing a 1.062 slugging percentage and .664 on-base percentage. In nine games for the 2010 USA Baseball 16-and-Under National Team, Seager batted .514 with a home run and 12 RBI, earning All-Tournament honors in leading his countrymen to a gold medal at the Pan-American Games.
Academic excellence: Seager has maintained a 4.05 weighted GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Future Farmers of America, the National Beta Club and the Athletes Who Share Unselfish Moments (AWSUM) Club, he has donated his time locally as a youth baseball instructor, on behalf of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and as a motivational speaker at a children’s hospital.
“He’s one of the greatest players -- if not the best -- to ever come out of this county,” said Derek Shoe, head coach at rival Concord (N.C.). “With that title, he wasn’t pitched to very often, but he never showed any frustration. He’s just an all-around great kid and one that we all wish we had on our team. From the outside, it looked like he was not only their best player, but also their best person.”
THE FUTURE: Seager has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at the University of South Carolina this fall, but is projected as an early round selection in next month’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.