New Jersey Baseball POY: Robert Kaminsky

New Jersey Baseball POY: Robert Kaminsky

Gatorade Player of the Year

New Jersey Baseball POY: Robert Kaminsky

THE WINNER: Robert Kaminsky 

THE BASICS

SchoolSaint Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.)
Grade: Senior

Position: LHP/OF

Height: 6-foot

Weight: 195 pounds

Athletic achievementThe state’s returning Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year, Kaminsky led the Green Knights to a 25-1 record and a berth in the Non-Public, North A sectional quarterfinals, scheduled for May 28. He owned an 8-0 record with a 0.13 ERA and 106 strikeouts against just 11 walks in 51 innings-pitched entering the sectional round of eight. A Preseason First Team All-American as named by USA Today, Kaminsky batted .506 with three home runs and 19 RBI through 26 games. He scored 29 runs and collected 13 doubles, 11 walks and four triples.

Academic excellenceKaminsky has maintained a B average. 

Exemplary characterHe has donated his time at a local food pantry and volunteered locally on behalf of the Ho-Ho-Kus Volunteer Ambulance Corps as an EMT.

THE PRAISE

“He’s not only a spectacular pitcher, but he’s an amazing young man,” said John Zisa, head coach of rival DePaul Catholic (Wayne, N.J.). “Velocity is something that everyone talks about, but velocity — even at this level — can be hit. His ability to pitch — and not just throw — shows just how polished he is. At this age, kids fall in love with their arm and rely heavily on their fastball. Not Rob. He’s a complete pitcher.”

THE FUTUREKaminsky has signed with North Carolina, but is projected as an early round selection in next month’s Major League Baseball first-year player draft.

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