From many, there will be one. While there’s no guarantee contending athletes will win their state at this point in the season, a number of elite performers are making a case for Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year consideration. Here’s the scoop on the latest top candidate.
Senior third baseman, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
Greatness Present: McMahon entered his senior season as the starting quarterback for the same school that produced 2007-08 Gatorade National Football Player of the Year Matt Barkley. But McMahon broke his left wrist and eventually lost his starting job despite playing the next eight weeks with the injury this past fall.
This spring, on the Monarchs’ baseball squad, he’s showing the same leadership qualities that earned him the starting job in the first place. The top hitter for a Mater Dei team ranked No. 1 nationally by Baseball America and Perfect Game USA as well as third on the USA TODAY Super 25, McMahon has been on a tear in 2013.
McMahon’s .415 batting average, 27 hits, 24 RBI and 20 runs scored are all leading a Monarchs squad that owns a 21-1 record, hits .323 as a team and averages nearly six runs per game.
McMahon hit safely in 14 of his team’s first 20 contests and recorded seven multi-hit games in that span, including a pair of four-hit efforts against JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) on March 23 and against Santiago (Corona, Calif.) on April 3.
Greatness Past: McMahon batted .353 as a junior in 2012, helping Mater Dei to a 24-6 record and a berth in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 semifinals last season.
The 29th ranked prospect in the Class of 2013 by Perfect Game USA, his .581 batting average in the 2012 Area Code Games was the third highest of all participants this past summer.
Greatness Future: McMahon has committed to the University of Southern California but is expected to be selected early in the amateur baseball draft this June.
Make no mistake: The Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year races aren’t over, and the National POY race is heating up. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top.Check back for daily updates on top contenders making their case.