Eye on POY: New York baseball

The window on the Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Alex Robinson

Senior Pitcher, Holy Trinity High (Hicksville, NY)

2012 Team record: 13-7

2012 Team standing: Second in CHSAA

2012 W-L record: 5-0

2012 ERA: 0.57

2012 Strikeouts: 86

Academics: B-plus average

Collegiate destination: Maryland

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: CHSAA Pitcher of the Year; All-Long Island; Threw 19-strikeout no-hitter.

Andrew Zapata

Junior Pitcher, Poly Prep Country Day (Brooklyn, NY)

2012 Team record: 17-4

2012 Team standing: Won Ivy League title

2012 W-L record: 5-1

2012 ERA: 0.81

2012 Strikeouts: 58

Academics: B average

Collegiate destination: HS Junior

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Class B Co-Player of the Year; New York City Player of the Year.

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011-12 campaign.

Matt Vogel: Junior Shortstop/Pitcher, Patchogue-Medford High (Medford, NY)

Matt Portland: Senior Pitcher, Victor High (Victor, NY)

Seth Lamando: Senior Pitcher, Roy Ketcham High (Wappingers Falls, NY)

Andrew Velazquez: Senior Shortstop, Fordham Prep (Bronx, NY)

Jose Cuas: Senior Shortstop, Grand Street Campus (Brooklyn, NY)

Nelson Rodriguez: Senior Catcher, George Washington High (New York, NY)

Stephen Alemais: Junior Shortsop, All Hallows High (Bronx, NY)

Christian Colletti: Senior Pitcher, South Side High (Rockville Centre, NY)

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.