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 outfielder/right-handed pitcher, Gainesville (Ga.)
Greatness Present: If recent history is any indication, Michael Gettys has some big shoes to fill. The native Georgian has a chance to be the latest in a rapidly expanding line of top Peach State prep baseball prospects who have flourished in recent years.
Two of the last four Gatorade National Baseball Players of the Year—Loganville’s Clint Frazier in 2013 and Adel’s Kaleb Cowart in 2010—have hailed from Georgia. Likewise, a pair of recent Gatorade Georgia State Players of the Year—East Paulding’s Zach Wheeler (2009) and Appling County’s Byron Buxton (2012)—are on the cusp of breakout success for the New York Mets and Minnesota Twins, respectively.
For his part, Gettys is carrying the torch quite well. Ranked as the nation’s No. 2 prospect in the Class of 2014 by MaxPreps, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound outfielder has batted a cool .500 with three home runs and 11 RBI in his first 24 at-bats as a senior.
Also a right-handed pitcher, Gettys owned a 0.95 ERA and 27 strikeouts against just three walks in 14.2 innings over his first three appearances on the mound for the Red Elephants (8-2).
Greatness Past: A 2014 Perfect Game First Team All-American, Gettys batted .470 with three home runs and 18 RBI as a junior, leading Gainesville to the 2013 Class AAAAA state quarterfinals. He also finished 6-0 on the mount with a 0.00 ERA and 63 strikeouts against eight walks in 38 innings last season.
Greatness Future: Gettys has committed to Georgia, 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.