Andy McGuire has already been on ESPN's highlights for the wrong reason. As a sophomore, he ran into his team's own goalpost on a kickoff return and knocked himself down, though he held onto the ball. The video on YouTube has been viewed more than 826,000 times.
Now, the 6-1, 190-pound senior is knocking in runs for Madison (Vienna, Va.) as one of the nation's top high school shortstops. A four-year starter, he committed to Texas as a sophomore and has come back from offseason hip surgery. He's also come in as the team's closer on occasion though his future is considered to be as a middle infielder.
Until June, when the postseason American Family Insurance ALL-USA boys baseball team will be announced, we’re taking a look at those who have either backed up the preseason hype or played their way into ALL-USA consideration.
This week's player: Andy McGuire, Madison (Vienna, Va.) shortstop.
2013 stats through Tuesday: Hitting .439 with a .940 fielding percentage. Has led team to 19 consecutive wins after the Warhawks lost their season opener.
Other's take: "He's the leader on the team. The kids respond to him and he's done a phenomenal job. His future is obviously very bright. This is the first year he's just gone out and played and not worried about the scouts. He makes the non-routine play routine. It's great that we get to watch him every day." — Madison coach Mark "Pudge" Gjormand.
Standout summer: Despite the hip problems, he made USA Baseball's U18 team, which won the International Baseball Federation 18U Baseball World Championship in Seoul, South Korea, in September.
Big game: He had three hits and an RBI in a 6-1 defeat of South Lakes (Reston) on May 1 that gave Gjormand his 300th win.
Look out for: Wesley Jones of Redan (Stone Mountain, Ga.), who has signed with Georgia. He is hitting .483 with three doubles, two home runs, 18 RBI and has stolen nine bases in his past 10 games.
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