From many, there will be one. While there’s no guarantee contending athletes will win their own 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 infielder, St. Thomas Catholic (Houston, Texas)
Greatness Present: The son of former major league All-Star and future Hall of Famer Craig Biggio (who is also St. Thomas Catholic’s baseball coach), the younger Biggio has emerged as one of the top prep hitters in the class of 2013.
He is ranked No. 20 in the nation by Perfect Game USA and is off to a sizzling start this season. In late February, Biggio led the Eagles (8-4) to a season-opening four-game sweep in the Oak Ridge Tournament. He batted a cool .700 in those four games with three home runs and eight RBI.
Greatness Past: Biggio batted .426 with six doubles, three triples, two home runs and 26 RBI as a junior in 2012 and led St. Thomas Catholic to the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools Class 5A state final.
Biggio was also a member of the International Baseball Federation 2012 18U team that won a gold medal last summer after defeating Canada in the championship game. During the tournament, Biggio delivered a four-hit performance in a win over Chinese Taipei and drove in the winning run in a 3-2 triumph over Venezuela.
Greatness Future: Biggio remains undecided about a college, but he 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 now heating up. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list.Check back for daily updates on the top contenders making their case.