From many, there will be one. And while there’s still no guarantee contending athletes will win their own 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 on the latest top candidate.
Senior left-handed pitcher, Parkview (Lilburn, Ga.)
Greatness Present: Given the town’s recent history for producing powerful, strapping prep baseball prospects, you have to wonder exactly what’s in the water in Lilburn. Marshall follows the footsteps of former Parkview standout Matt Olson, who captured Gatorade State POY honors upon leading the Panthers to the 2011 Class AAAAA state title.
While Olson has taken his powerful swing to the pro ranks — crushing 23 home runs and driving in 93 runs in 2013 for the Oakland A’s Single-A Beloit (Wis.) Snappers — Marshall’s meal ticket is his pitching arm. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound southpaw has produced a perfect 6-0 record in six appearances for Parkview to start the season.
Unanimously ranked among the nation’s top 25 senior prospects, Marshall has yet to surrender an earned run and has whiffed 48 batters in 33 innings while allowing just 14 hits. His latest masterpiece came Friday, when he tossed six innings of four-hit ball with 10 strikeouts, leading the Panthers (14-3) to a 10-0 win over Grayson.
Greatness Past: A 2013 Perfect Game Underclass First Team All-American, Marshall owned a 2.13 ERA as a junior. He recorded 80 strikeouts over 46 innings during Parkview’s run to the 2013 Class AAAAAA state semifinals.
Greatness Future: Marshall has signed with LSU, but is projected as an early round selection in this spring’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Make no mistake: The Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year races aren’t over, and the National POY race is now heating up. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list.Check back for daily updates on the top contenders making their case.