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: Mikey White
School: Spain Park (Hoover, Ala.)
Weight: 190 pounds
Athletic achievement: White batted .389 with nine home runs and 37 RBI this past season, leading the Jaguars (35-17) to the Class 6A state semifinals. A returning Class 6A First Team All-State selection as named by the Alabama Sports Writers Association, he recorded a .712 slugging percentage and .524 on-base percentage. White owned an 8-2 record with two saves, a 1.13 ERA and 61 strikeouts against nine walks in 55.2 innings pitched. He captured a gold medal at the Pan American Games this past summer as a member of the 2011 USA Baseball 18U National Team.
Academic excellence: White has maintained a 3.53 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: In addition to donating his time as a youth baseball instructor, he has volunteered locally on behalf of his church’s youth group, as a featured speaker at a Christian youth conference, on An Audience of ONE’s leadership council and as a mentor to a special needs graduate assistant manager for his school’s baseball program.
“He was arguably the best pitcher in our area and wasn’t even a ‘true pitcher,’” said Dal Davis, head coach at rival Vestavia Hills (Ala.). “He pitched on guts, heart, and a determination that willed his team to victory. You held your breath every time he came up to the plate. Defensively, he is the best shortstop in our state. As a coach at a rival high school, I’m glad he’s graduating.”
THE FUTURE: White has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at the University of Alabama this fall, but is projected as an early round selection in next month’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.