20 Baseball Factory Alumni Named Gatorade State Baseball Players of the Year
As the spring Baseball season winds down and teams enter Championship tournaments and games all across the country, recognition for the best baseball players in each state in the country have been released.
The 2015-16 Gatorade Baseball Players of the Year were announced yesterday and Baseball Factory is proud to reveal that 20 Baseball Factory alumni have been named Player of the Year from the state they reside in.
USA Today’s High School Sports website has released the full list of 2015-16 Players of the Year, selected, according to USA Today, based on their athletic production and impact during the 2015-16 season. In addition to athletic achievements, the players were also recognized for their success in academic achievement as well as meeting exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.
California – Mickey Moniak – La Costa Canyon High School – Carlsbad, CA
Moniak attended the 2014 Under Armour Baseball Factory Futures West Showcase. This season, Moniak batted .471 with six home runs, 12 triples, 44 RBI and a .921 slugging percentage. He helped to lead the Mavericks to a 23-5 record and a berth in the CIF San Diego Section Open Division Tournament, scheduled for May 27. Moniak has committed to play at the next level at UCLA.
Moniak has a 3.03 GPA and has helped volunteer locally as a peer mentor and youth baseball coach.
Connecticut – Jimmy Titus – East Catholic – Manchester, CT
The 6’1″, 195 pound shortstop helped to lead the Eagles to a 14-3 record. He’s now a back-to-back Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year for Connecticut, hitting .648 with six home runs, 27 RBI and a 1.185 slugging percentage through 17 games.
Titus attended an Under Armour Baseball Factory National Tryout in Middletown, CT in February of 2013 and has committed to play at the next level with Bryant University.
Titus has excelled in the classroom, posting a 3.96 GPA and has volunteered his time coaching youth baseball players and assisting the disabled with MARC, Inc. of Manchester.
District of Columbia – Cam Remalia – St. Johns College High School – Washington, D.C.
Cam was a 2014 participant in the Kelly Kulina Classic and the Waldorf, MD native has signed his National Letter of Intent to play at the next level on an athletic scholarship with Coastal Carolina this coming fall.
He helped to lead the Cadets to their third-straight Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship this past season. He did his part on the mound, leading the team with a 6-1 record with a 0.79 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 53 1/3 innings pitched. Cam was named to the 2016 WCAC First Team All-State as he held opposing hitters to a .130 batting mark.
Remalia’s GPA is 3.51 and has completed more than 100 hours of community service with his fellow classmates.
Florida – Bo Bichette – Lakewood High School – St. Petersburg, FL
The 2015 Under Armour All-American has committed to play at Arizona State University but is on the radar as a potential selection in this year’s Major League Draft.
Bichette is the son of former major league slugger, Dante Bichette and Bo’s older brother, Dante, Jr, was also an Under Armour All-American. We first saw Bo at the 2015 Under Armour All-America Pre-Season Tournament and he won the Home Run Derby during last year’s lead up to the All-America Game at Wrigley Field.
He batted .574 with 13 home runs and 41 RBI this past season, scored 46 runs, worked 32 runs, stole 21 bases as helped propel the Spartans to the Class 5A Regional Semifinals. Bo also had a .707 on-base percentage and 1.424 slugging percentage.
Bo helps in the community as a youth baseball instructor and has volunteered his time in his church’s youth outreach program and at a homeless shelter.
Georgia – Josh Lowe – Pope High School – Marietta, GA
The 6’4″, 200 pound Lowe is a dual threat at third base and as a right-handed pitcher. The Marietta, GA native and Florida State University commit first attended our 2014 Under Armour Memorial Day Classic and Futures South showcase and is currently ranked #15 on Baseball Factory’s Top 100 2016 Prospects list. He has the potential to be an early-round selection this June in the Major League Draft.
He batted .391 with 11 home runs and 39 RBI, leading the Greyhounds (27-7) to the Class AAAAAA state final this past season. He’s gotten it done on the mound as well, collecting six saves and striking out 33 batters in 22.0 innings pitched.
Lowe has a 3.12 GPA and has volunteered locally for Young Life Christian ministries.
Iowa – Grant Judkins – Pella High School – Pella, IA
Judkins, at 6’3″, 195 pounds, posted an 11-1 record with a 0.56 ERA and 112 strikeouts in 74.2 innings, leading the Dutch to the Class 3A semifinals this past season with a 34-5 record. He’s also a big-time hitter, batting .520 with 13 home runs, 57 RBI and 51 runs scored.
We saw Grant at an Under Armour Baseball Factory National Tryout event in Council Bluffs, IA in August of 2013.
Grant has an outstanding 3.95 GPA and has helped to volunteer with the Salvation Army as well as spending time assisting the elderly in his community. He has decided to stay within the state, committing to play at the next level on scholarship with the University of Iowa.
Kansas – Riley Pint – St. Thomas Aquinas High School – Overland Park, KS
The 2015 Under Armour All-American is our No. 1 high school prospect on Baseball Factory’s Top 100 Prospects List and will head to LSU to be a big part of the Tigers success next season but will likely be a high draft pick in June’s MLB Draft.
Pint is now a two-time Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year after winning the award last year. He’s put up huge numbers, sporting a 6-1 record and an ERA of 0.50, recording 75 strikeouts in 42.0 innings pitched.
Pint has a 3.37 GPA and has volunteered his time at a local homeless shelter and donating his time as a youth baseball coach for the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.
Minnesota- Nick Hanson – Prior Lake High School – Savage, MN
Hanson was a 2015 Under Armour All-American and helped to lead the Lakers to a 10-5 record while putting together a 5-0 season with an 0.68 ERA through 15 games. Hanson fanned 50 batters in just 30 2/3 innings pitched. At the plate, he hit .417.
The big 6’6″, 210 pound right-hander flashes a 95 MPH fastball and has signed his National Letter of Intent to play at the University of Kentucky. He has maintained a 3.48 GPA and has used his time to help children stricken with cancer with the Never Ever Give Up Organization.
Missouri – Jake Matheny – Westminster Christian Academy – Town and Country, MO
The son of current St. Louis Cardinals manager, Mike Matheny, Jake has put together a huge season for Westminster Christian Academy. The catching prospect batted .414 with 11 home runs, 43 RBI and slugged .820, leading the Wildcats (21-10) to the Class 4 district championship game this past season.
We saw Jake at the 2015 Under Armour Baseball Factory National East Showcase, producing a pop time of 2.03.
Matheny has signed his National Letter of Intent to play baseball at Indiana University this fall. He has volunteered locally as an elementary school tutor and a youth baseball coach, while also completing a service-mission trip to the Dominican Republic.
Nebraska – Cole Stobbe – Millard West High School – Omaha, NE
The 6’2″, 200 pound shortstop signed his letter of intent to play collegiately at the University of Arkansas, but could be an early selection in June’s MLB Draft. We saw Cole in January of 2013 at a National Tryout event in Omaha, NE and is currently No. 67 on Baseball Factory’s Top 100 Prospects List.
Stobbe returns as Nebraska’s Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year, hitting .437 with 14 home runs, 43 RBI, 51 runs scored and a .990 slugging percentage and helping to lead the Wildcats to a 28-6 record and the Class A state final this past season.
Stobbe has helped to volunteer with the Salvation Army, the American Cancer Society and youth baseball programs in Nebraska. He has a GPA of 3.46.
Nevada – Nick Quintana – Arbor View High School – Las Vegas, NV
Quintana has committed to play at the University of Arizona but is likely to be drafted high in this June’s MLB Draft. The 5’10”, 185 pound shortstop is ranked No. 24 on Baseball Factory’s Top 100 Prospects list and batted .438 with 15 home runs and 58 RBI, leading the Aggies to the first round of the Division I regional tournament this past season.
In 2011, Quintana attended an Under Armour Baseball Factory National Tryout in Henderson, NV. In addition to his work with the Student Athlete Community Service Network, Quintana has also assisted at a food bank and served as a contributing writer for his school newspaper.
New York – Daniel Bakst – Poly Prep Country Day School – Brooklyn, NY
Bakst has been part of numerous Baseball Factory events, from a College PREP event in Wilmington, DE to the Christmas Camp & Tournament in Pirate City to the 2014 Under Armour All-America Pre-Season Tournament to multiple Team One Showcases.
This past season, Bakst hit .447 with 32 RBI, 33 runs scored and a .569 on-base percentage through 26 games, helping to lead the Blue Devils to a 21-5 record at the time of his selection.
Maintaining an A average in his grades, Bakst has aided the Harlem Baseball Hitting Academy and God’s Love We Deliver, which provides meals for the needy.
Oklahoma – Cacy Harper – Berryhill High School – Tulsa, OK
The 6’3, 230 pound catcher is an Oral Roberts University commit and participated in a College PREP event in Jenks, OK back in December of 2013 and was a participant in the USA Baseball 17U Championships in 2014.
Harper has gotten it done with the stick and the arm behind the plate this season. He batted .484 with seven home runs and 55 RBI, posting a .584 on-base percentage to lead the Chiefs to a 34-6 mark and the Class 4A state final. He was also named the 2016 Tulsa Seven League Player of the Year, as he threw out 25-of-31 base-runners from behind the plate.
Pennsylvania – Alex Kirilloff – Plum Senior High School – Pittsburgh, PA
Kirilloff was a 2013 Kelly Kulina Classic participant and is No. 37 on the Top 100 Prospects list.
He helped to lead the Mustangs to an undefeated season (21-0 overall) hitting .539 with three home runs, 30 runs scored and a .638 on-base percentage through 21 games. On the mound, he was stellar, posting a 6-0 record and a 0.74 ERA with 60 strikeouts in 38.0 innings.
Kirilloff, who has signed to play at Liberty University, sports a 3.45 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society.
South Carolina – Thomas Jones – Laurens District High School – Laurens, SC
One of the more talented outfielders in all of the country, we saw Thomas at last year’s All-America Game patrolling the outfield at Wrigley. This season, he helped to lead the Raiders to the Class 4A District Championship Game, hitting .420 with five home runs, 19 RBI and 38 runs scored while stealing 16 bases.
Jones has signed to play at Vanderbilt this fall and has a GPA of 3.66. He’s worked with Palmetto Boys State which is an American Legion program that provides students the opportunity to learn about the inner workings of government. In addition, Thomas is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and has volunteered locally on behalf of an elementary school literacy-outreach program.
Tennessee – Zach Linginfelter – Sevier County High School – Sevierville, TN
The 2015 Under Armour All-American signed his letter of intent to play baseball at the University of Tennessee this fall. A rival head coach called Linginfelter, a “game changer both at the plate and on the mound.”
He helped to lead the Smoky Bears to a 30-13 record and into the Class AAA State Tournament. Linginfelter had a 7-2 record with a 1.60 ERA and 113 strikeouts in 56.2 innings pitched through 43 games. At the plate, he hit .455 with nine home runs, 17 doubles, 25 runs scored and 51 RBI entering regional state tournament play.
Linginfelter has a 3.45 GPA and has helped to serve meals at his church during holidays.
Texas – Kyle Muller – Jesuit College Prep School of Dallas – Dallas, TX
Another 2015 Under Armour All-American, Muller is 6’7″ and 245 pounds and put together a huge season on the mound and with the bat.
Muller set a national high school record by striking out 33 consecutive hitters earlier this season. Overall, Muller posted an 8-1 record with a 0.49 ERA and 140 strikeouts in 74 innings. He also hit .392 with 15 home runs and 52 RBI through 40 games.
Muller, who will play baseball at the University of Texas could also be a high draft pick in June and has maintained an 86.4 grade average and helps in his school’s Big Brother Program.
Virginia – Khalil Lee – Flint Hill School – Oakton, VA
Lee is a left-handed pitcher and power-hitting outfielder who attended an August 2014 National Tryout in Purchase, NY and was a 2015 Under Armour Pre-Season All-American.
A dual threat for the Huskies, Lee went 7-0 with two saves and a 0.33 ERA. He struck out 87 batters in only 43.0 innings pitched, holding opponents to a .116 batting average. At the plate, the Liberty University commit hit .471 with six home runs, 37 runs scored, 23 RBI, a .634 on-base percentage and a .941 slugging percentage.
Lee has a 3.13 GPA and has volunteered locally as a teacher’s aide at a pair of elementary schools and as a baseball coach for children with disabilities.
Washington – Christian Jones – Federal Way High School – Federal Way, WA
Jones, a 2015 Under Armour All-American, will stay within the state of Washington to play at the next level, committing to the University of Washington this fall.
Jones hit .446 with five home runs and 23 RBI this past season, leading the Eagles to a 20-5 record and into the first round of the Class 4A regional tournament. He also scored 27 runs and with a .500 on-base percentage.
Jones has volunteered locally as a peer mentor and a youth baseball coach and has a 3.76 GPA.
West Virginia – Paul Witt – Jefferson High School – Shenandoah Junction, WV
Witt has committed to VCU to play at the next level and we have seen him at six Baseball Factory events since 2014, including a College PREP event, Select Training in Pirate City, Team One South showcase and the 2014 Pre-Season All-America Tournament.
This season, Witt has hit 510 batting average with 31 RBI, 51 runs scored and a .586 on-base percentage through 34 games.
He has a 3.19 GPA and is a devoted member of his church community.