Prep Baseball Report Announces State Player of the Year Awards


PBR Staff

Prep Baseball Report is proud to announce the winners of the PBR State Players of the Year. With its boots-on-the-ground scouting staff, PBR provides coverage of high school baseball at the state level unlike anyone else can. The scouting directors have intimate knowledge of the players in their state and who had the greatest impact.

This year’s list has 37 winners, 19 of which were selected in last week’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. That includes LHP Ryan Weathers (Loretto HS, TN), the seventh overall pick, and five other first-round picks in RHP Cole Winn (Orange Lutheran HS, CA), LHP Matthew Liberatore (Mountain Ridge HS, AZ), C Anthony Seigler (Cartersville HS, GA), C/3B Noah Naylor (St. Joan of Arc SS, ON) and RHP J.T. Ginn (Brandon HS, MS).


The Prep Baseball Report staff has been diligently scouting and covering games at diamonds across the country this spring to bring parents, athletes and fans the most comprehensive coverage of amateur baseball. The PBR State Player of the Year represents an athlete who stood above the competition in terms of their on-field production, and all-around effect on their high school program. The athlete will also be a great representation of their state with their positive character qualities, and positive impact as a teammate.

The players listed below have stood out against their in-state peers and have been awarded the Prep Baseball Report Player of the Year at the state level.

Alabama

Garrett Wade, LHP/OF, Hartselle HS (2018)
Commitment: Auburn
Draft: Tampa Bay Rays, Round 38, Pick 1140

Arizona

Matthew Liberatore, LHP, Mountain Ridge HS (2018)
Commitment: Arizona
Draft: Tampa Bay Rays, Round 1, Pick 16

Arkansas
Connor Noland, RHP/3B, Greenwood HS (2018)
Commitment: Arkansas

California

Cole Winn, RHP/1B, Orange Lutheran HS (2018)
Commitment: TCU
Draft: Texas Rangers, Round 1, Pick 15

Colorado

Sam Ireland, RHP/1B, Mountain Vista HS (2018)
Commitment: Minnesota

Connecticut

Michael Burrows, RHP/OF, Waterford HS (2018)
Commitment: Connecticut
Draft: Pittsburgh Pirates, Round 11, Pick 324

Florida

Jonathan ‘JP’ Gates, LHP/1B, Nature Coast Tech (2018)
Commitment: Miami

Georgia

Anthony Seigler, C/RHP, Cartersville HS (2018)
Commitment: Florida
Draft: New York Yankees, Round 1, Pick 23

Illinois

Matt McCormick, C, St. Laurence HS (2019)
Commitment: West Virginia

Indiana

Nicholas Schnell, OF/RHP, Roncalli HS (2018)
Commitment: Louisville
Draft: Tampa Bay Rays, Round 1C, Pick 32

Iowa

Connor Van Scoyoc, RHP, Cedar Rapids Jefferson HS (2018)
Commitment: Arizona State
Draft: Los Angeles Angels, Round 11, Pick 331

Kansas

Peyton Carson, LHP, Shawnee Heights HS (2018)
Commitment: Missouri State

Kentucky

Bradley Taylor, 3B, Logan County HS (2018)
Commitment: Frontier CC

Louisiana

Cade Beloso, 1B, John Curtis HS (2018)
Commitment: LSU

Maine

Riley Hasson, RHP/IF, South Portland HS (2018)

Maryland

Jacob Zebron, RHP/IF, Colonel Richardson HS (2018)
Commitment: NC State
Draft: Baltimore Orioles, Round 18, Pick 535

Massachusetts

Steven Hajjar, LHP, Central Catholic HS (2018)
Commitment: Michigan
Draft: Milwaukee Brewers, Round 21, Pick 635

Michigan

William English, RHP/OF, Detroit Western International HS (2018)
Commitment: Tennessee
Draft: Los Angeles Angels, Round 5, Pick 151

Minnesota

Seth Halvorsen, RHP/SS, Heritage Christian Academy
Commitment: Missouri
Draft: Minnesota Twins, Round 30, Pick 904

Mississippi

JT Ginn, RHP/SS, Brandon HS (2018)
Commitment: Mississippi State
Draft: Los Angeles Dodgers, Round 1, Pick 30

Missouri

Luke Mann, RHP/3B, Vianney HS (2018)
Commitment: Missouri

Nebraska

Dylan Phillips, OF/LHP, Creighton Prep (2018)
Commitment: Kansas State

New Hampshire

Grant Lavigne, 1B/3B, Bedford HS (2018)
Commitment: Wake Forest
Draft: Colorado Rockies, Round CBA, Pick 42

New Jersey

Josh Hood, SS, St. Augustine Prep (2018)
Commitment: Penn

New York

Lenny Torres, RHP, Beacon HS (2018)
Commitment: St. John's
Draft: Cleveland Indians, Round CBA, Pick 41

North Carolina

Owen White, RHP/SS, Jesse Carson HS (2018)
Commitment: South Carolina
Draft: Texas Rangers, Round 2, Pick 55

Ohio

Evan Shawver, LHP/OF, Amherst Steele (2018)
Commitment: Cincinnati

Oklahoma

Logan Glass, OF, Mustang HS (2019)

Ontario

Noah Naylor, C/IF, St. Joan of Arc (2018)
Commitment Texas A&M
Draft: Cleveland Indians, Round 1, Pick 29

Pennsylvania

Kyler Fedko, SS, Vincentian Academy (2018)
Commitment: UConn

Rhode Island

Ben Sears, RHP/SS, East Providence HS (2018)
Commitment: Wheaton College

Tennessee

Ryan Weathers, LHP/OF, Loretto HS (2018)
Commitment: Vanderbilt
Draft: San Diego Padres, Round 1, Pick 7

Texas

Mason Englert, RHP, Forney HS (2018)
Commitment: Texas A&M
Draft: Texas Rangers, Round 4, Pick 119

Vermont

Nick Fitzgerald, RHP/SS, Lamoille-Union HS (2018)
Commitment: Penn State - Harrisburg

Virginia

Wes Clarke, C, Liberty Christian Academy (2018)
Commitment: South Carolina
Draft: Milwaukee Brewers, Round 40, Pick 1205

West Virginia

Ross Mulhall, 1B, University School (2018)
Commitment: La Salle

Wisconsin

Jack Washburn, RHP, Webster (2019)
Commitment: Oregon State

Prep Baseball Report will announce an overall First Team All-PBR on June 13, in which the Prep Baseball Report staff will choose a list of athletes who were top at their respective position. These athletes will not necessarily be derived from the state player of the year awards. We will also announce an overall PBR Player of the Year award on June 24, at which time the Prep Baseball Report staff will choose one player who shined brighter than the rest.

The Prep Baseball Report is the No. 1 resource for high school baseball in each state we cover through our boots-on-the-ground scouting staff, variety of events, daily coverage and multimedia platforms. Our platforms work in tandem, ultimately creating the most powerful source of high school baseball coverage in each state. The Prep Baseball Report scouting staff covers the state at all levels year-round, and is constantly in contact with high school coaches, college coaches and pro scouts.  For more information and stats on these individual award winners, please visit their state specific page on PrepBaseballReport.com.

It is important to note that the State Player of the Year honors only the states that our boots-on-the-ground scouting staff are currently in.

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