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.)
Greatness Present: 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.
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