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: Jordan Bean
School: St. Thomas Aquinas (Dover, N.H.)
Position: Right-handed pitcher
Weight: 175 pounds
Athletic achievement: Bean led the Saints to a 15-1 record entering the Division 2 state tournament, scheduled to begin Thursday. Through 16 games, he owned a 5-0 record and a 1.29 ERA on the mound along with a .463 batting average with 14 RBI at the plate. Bean is a three-time All-State selection.
Academic excellence: Bean has maintained a 4.30 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A peer tutor in his school, he has volunteered locally on behalf of food drives to benefit the needy, youth baseball programs and in association with his church’s vacation Bible school.
“Bean is a clutch player who just doesn’t make mistakes,” said Eddy Coulombe, head coach at Goffstown (N.H.). “He throws a fastball, curve, slider, change and he has uncanny control. He’s also a good hitter and he’s solid defensively. He’s been dominant.”
THE FUTURE: Bean will attend Tufts University this fall, where he will play baseball.