THE WINNER: Reese McGuire
School: Kentwood (Covington, Wash.)
Weight: 195 pounds
Athletic achievement: He led the Mustangs to a 21-5 record and the Class 4A semifinals, scheduled for May 24. At the time of his selection, McGuire was batting .417 with three home runs, 29 runs scored, 16 RBI, nine stolen bases and a .778 slugging percentage. A 2012 First Team All-State selection, he is ranked No. 7 in the nation by both Perfect Game USA and MaxPreps.com.
Academic excellence: McGuire has maintained a 3.17 GPA.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of a children’s hospital, as a youth baseball instructor and umpire and as part of multiple community service initiatives in association with his church youth group.
“I’ve been in this league for 10 years and I’ve never seen a more polished high school player than Reese McGuire,” said Tim Akins, head coach at Kent Meridian (Kent, Wash.). “He’s the most well-rounded player I can recall and is exceptional both defensively and with the bat. He plays the game hard at all times and always carries himself with class on the field.”
THE FUTURE: McGuire has signed with San Diego, but is projected as an early round selection in next month’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.