THE WINNER: Robert Kaminsky
School: Saint Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.)
Weight: 195 pounds
Athletic achievement: The 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 excellence: Kaminsky has maintained a B average.
Exemplary character: He 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.
“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 FUTURE: Kaminsky has signed with North Carolina, but is projected as an early round selection in next month’s Major League Baseball first-year player draft.