New Castle baseball star Trey Ball has already built a hefty résumé of accolades. The lefty is a top-10 draft pick and was named the best high school baseball player in the state of Indiana.
But as with seemingly everything about his career, things went to another level.
Ball was named USA TODAY’S High School Player of the Year on Tuesday, making him part of a prestigious 10-player team. The recent graduate and No. 7 overall pick by the Boston Red Sox was a force both at the plate and on the mound for the Trojans, as they won the North Central Conference outright and went 22-8.
At 6-foot-6, Ball projects to be a pitcher on the professional level, and he overwhelmed high school opponents in somewhat limited action. He went 6-0 as he threw 46 innings and struck out 93 batters with an ERA of 0.76 in 10 appearances.
He doubled as an all-around offensive threat, hitting .330 with 10 home runs and 29 RBIs in 30 games despite using a wood bat instead of aluminum. He had 31 walks to 16 strikeouts and stole 21 bases, 10 more than any other Trojan.
Pensacola, Fla., Catholic’s Richard LaBounty was selected as the All-USA high school baseball coach of the year, while the rest of the first team included Lakewood, Calif., infielder/pitcher J.P. Crawford of Lakewood, Calif., Harvard Westlake (Calif.) infielder/pitcher Jack Flaherty, Gahr (Calif.) infielder Kevin Franklin, St. Joseph Regional (N.J.) pitcher Rob Kaminsky, Kentwood (Wash.) catcher Reese McGuire, Serra (Calif.) pitcher/infielder Dominic Smith, Desert Ridge (Ariz.) infielder Riley Unroe and Loganville (Ga.) outfielder teammates Clint Frazier and Austin Meadows.
The second team was composed of Hernando (Fla.) infielder Christian Arroyo, Madeira (Ohio) outfielder Andrew Benintendi, Oaks Christian (Calif.) pitcher Phillip Bickford, Durant (Fla.) pitcher Tyler Danish, Yukon (Okla.) catcher Jon Denney, Bandys (N.C) pitcher Hunter Harvey, Watauga (N.C.) Ryder Jones, Lutcher (La.) pitcher Jared Poche, Pius X (Texas) pitcher Kohl Stewart, Elk Grove (Calif.) infielder Rowdy Tellez.
The team, sponsored by American Family Insurance, was chosen by USA TODAY Sports’ Jim Halley in consultation with high school coaches. All selections are seniors except for first-teamer Jack Flaherty (a junior).