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 the latest top candidate.
Michael Shawaryn: Senior right-handed pitcher, Gloucester Catholic (Gloucester City, N.J.)
While St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.) southpaw Robert Kaminsky
is off to another remarkable start
, the returning Gatorade New Jersey Baseball Player of the Year already has competition from Shawaryn for the title of New Jersey’s top prep pitcher.
Shawaryn has yet to allow a run this season, firing two no-hitters and compiling a 4-0 record on the mound. He has recorded 41 strikeouts against just six walks in 25 innings-pitched, leading the Rams (14-1) to the No. 11 spot on the USA TODAY Super 25
The nation’s No. 126 senior prospect, as rated by Perfect Game USA, Shawaryn threw his second no-hitter of the spring in a 3-0 win over St. Joseph (Metuchen, N.J.) on Sunday, striking out 11 and walking two while lowering his opponents’ batting average to .084.
Greatness Past: Last fall, Shawaryn, who pitched for the Tri-State Arsenal, showed off a fastball that touched the low 90’s at the 2012 WWBA World Championships, as he caught the eye of Major League scouts.He finished 7-0 with a 1.56 ERA as a sophomore but missed his junior season with a strained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
Greatness Future: Shawaryn verbally committed to Maryland but is expected to be selected 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 daily for updates on top contenders making their case.