20 Baseball Factory Alums Named To 2018-19 Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year List
The recipients for the 2018-19 Gatorade State High School Baseball Player of the Year were announced recently, and 20 Baseball Factory alums are listed as Player of the Year in the state they reside in.
All 20 athletes participated in at least one Baseball Factory event during their high school careers and of that number, nine are former Under Armour All-Americans. The list from Gatorade features their athletic excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character in what they are doing off the field for their community.
The full list of winners in 48 states* (Wyoming and South Dakota do not participate as they do not have high school baseball programs) are listed in the link above. Below are the Factory alums:
Gunnar Henderson | Morgan Academy | Selma, Alabama
The 2018 Under Armour All-American hit .559 with 11 home runs and 75 RBI in this past season for the Senators. He also showed great speed, swiping 28 bases and posted a .634 on-base percentage.
Blake Adams | Har-ber HS | Springdale, Arkansas
Adams, a 2017 Under Armour Baseball Factory Pre-Season All-American, struck out 90 hitters in just 59 2/3 innings for his Wildcats squad this season. He also hit six homers and drove in 21 with an OPS of 1.163.
Josh Hahn | Huntington Beach HS | Huntington Beach, California
Hahn attended Baseball Factory’s Futures West showcase in 2017 and National West showcase in 2018 and the UCLA commit has not disappointed during his senior season, posting a 5-1 record with three saves and an ERA of 0.72. He struck out 49 in 37 2/3 innings and held opponents to a .177 average.
Riley Cornelio | Pine Creek HS | Colorado Springs, Colorado
Cornelio, a 2018 Under Armour All-American, helped lead Pine Creek to their 5A regional final this past season, with a 7-2 record, an ERA of 2.43 and struck out 89 in just 49.0 innings pitched.
Chad Knight | Staples HS | Westport, Connecticut
Back in 2013, Chad was part of the Little League World Series for the New England team and participated in Baseball Factory’s Little League filming in Williamsport, PA. The catcher/right-handed pitching senior led his Wreckers to an 18-3 record this season. At the plate, he hit .554 with 10 homers and the first-team all-state selection was also the FCIA Conference Player of the Year. Besides his dominance on the field, Knight is a talented pianist. He has committed to play at Duke University.
Riley Greene | Hagerty HS | Oviedo, Florida
The 2018 Under Armour All-American impressed many last July at Wrigley Field with his smooth, left-handed swing, homering to right field during the game. The senior hit .422 with eight homers and 27 RBI with a .916 slugging percentage. Greene is expected to be one of the first amateur bats taken in this year’s draft.
CJ Abrams | Blessed Trinity HS | Roswell, Georgia
The dynamic Abrams is likely to see his name called very early during the first night of the MLB Draft and for good reason, as the 2018 Under Armour All-American impacts the game in a variety of ways. As the leadoff hitter in last year’s game, Abrams collected two hits and the shortstop continued to show his premier talent, hitting .431 with 42 runs scored and excellent defense at short. For everything Abrams is on the field, he’s been stellar off the field, volunteering locally on behalf of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, CURE Childhood Cancer and as a youth baseball camp counselor.
Quinn Priester | Cary-Grove HS | Cary, Illinois
Priester was the starting pitcher for the National squad last year at the Under Armour All-America Game, pitching in front of a big hometown crowd. Quinn posted a 6-2 record with a 1.20 ERA and 73 strikeouts this season.
Michael Doolin | Andrean HS | Merrillville, Indiana
Doolin was a perfect 7-0 this season with a minuscule 0.20 ERA and 62 strikeouts this past season. Michael attended a Baseball Factory College PREP event in Indianapolis back in 2016.
Calvin Harris | Western Dubuque HS | Epworth, Iowa
The junior racked up 100 strikeouts to go along with an 0.53 ERA this past season. With the bat, the junior hit .413 with eight homers, 52 RBI and an OPS of 1.308. He was a 2018 Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association Super Team All-State selection.
Jack Bulger | Dematha Catholic| Hyattsville, Maryland
Bulger, a 6’0″, 200 pounds helped his Stags squad to the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship series this past season. He hit .545 with six doubles, three triples and five home runs, driving in 32 runs, walking 18 times with a crazy 1.556 OPS. He also showed off great speed, stealing 25 bases in 25 attempts. Bulger attended Baseball Factory Accelerated Training Weekends at headquarters in Columbia, Maryland to improve his skill set.
Aaron Roberts | Desert Oasis HS | Las Vegas, Nevada
The senior infielder/right-handed pitcher helped to lead his Diamondbacks team to the Nevada Class 4A state championship with impressive numbers, hitting .476 with 13 homers and 57 RBI. On the mound, he was a perfect 6-0 with a 1.32 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 37.0 innings. Roberts was part of the 2017 Under Armour Southwest Championships.
Jack Leiter | Delbarton School | Summit, New Jersey
Leiter showed off his premier pitching in last year’s Under Armour All-America Game, pitching an inning for the American squad, striking out three. Leiter performs well on a big stage, perhaps getting that from his father, Al, who pitched 19 years in the big leagues. Jack went 6-0 with a save and an ERA of 0.54.
Mack Anglin | Highland HS | Marengo, Ohio
Anglin, who participated in Baseball Factory’s National South Showcase in June, 2018, pitched to a 6-1 record and an 0.36 ERA in 39 innings, striking out 79 hitters for the Fighting Scots this season. He also hit .356 with five home runs, 34 RBI and a .726 slugging percentage.
Chris Newell | Malvern Prep | Malvern, Pennsylvania
The 2018 Under Armour All-American hit .375 with three home runs, 21 RBI and an on-base percentage of .516 through his first 31 games.
Trotter Harlan | Hillcrest HS | Simpsonville, South Carolina
Trotter, a senior shortstop/right-handed pitcher hit .565 with 10 home runs, 33 RBI and a .604 on-base percentage, leading the Rams to the Class AAAAA district finals this past season. Harlan attended two Baseball Factory National Tryout events in Greenville, SC in 2015 and 2017.
Robert Hassell | Independence HS | Thompson’s Station, Tennessee
Hassell struck out 113 hitters with an ERA of 1.07 in 59 innings for the Eagles, helping to lead them to the Division 1, Class AAA state tournament this season. Hassell was part of two teams who made it to the Little League World Series (Southeast) in 2013 and 2014 and was filmed during Baseball Factory’s Little League Interactive Video Program event.
Bobby Witt Jr. | Colleyville Heritage HS | Colleyville, Texas
The two-time Under Armour All-American (2017 & 2018) has the chance to go No. 1 overall in this year’s Draft and is helping Colleyville Heritage inch closer to its first baseball state tournament berth in school history. Witt hit .519 with 15 doubles, eight triples, 14 homers, a slugging percentage of 1.117 and 1.696 OPS. He also walked 22 times and stole 17 bases in 19 attempts.
Cy Nielson | Spanish Fork HS | Spanish Fork, Utah
Nielson played in the 2017 Under Armour Southwest Championships and helped lead the Doms to a 20-9 record where they fell two wins shy of a state title. CY struck out 66 hitters in just 36 2/3 innings, holding opponents to a .164 average.
Corbin Carroll | Lakeside School | Seattle, Washington
The 2018 Under Armour All-American and likely selection on the first night of the 2019 draft, was the table setter for the American squad in last year’s game, notching two hits in three at-bats, with a run scored and a walk. This season, he led the Lions to the Metro League Tournament and hit .540 with 19 extra-base hits, scoring 38 runs with 22 walks and 11 stolen bases. He’s a winner where ever he plays, as he won a gold medal in December with the USA Baseball Under-18 National Team at the Pan-American Championships in Panama.