The Gatorade State Baseball Players of the Year were announced today, with 2013 Michigan signee Jackson Lamb of Temperance Bedford tabbed as the pick for the state of Michigan. A reminder on the criteria for the Gatorade POY awards:
The winners were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2013 season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.
His "credentials" page gives his stats as: "batting .519 with four home runs, 34 RBI and an .802 slugging percentage. . . . he also posted a 5-0 record on the mound with a 1.48 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 33 innings." And it also notes his 3.61 GPA and his community activities. Here's the featured quote of praise:
“Jackson Lamb is one of the finest talents I have seen in many years,” said Scott Thiesen, president of the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association. “Offensively, he is a pure hitter with speed and great power. Defensively, he is an excellent centerfielder who can make a difficult play look easy.”
Previous winners of this award for the state of Michigan include Patrick Biondi, Zach Putnam, Drew Henson, J.J. Putz, and Derek Jeter.