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.
Junior shortstop, Highlands Ranch (Colo.)
Greatness Present: Shumpert always knew he wanted to play for the University of Kentucky. He just wasn’t sure which sport.
A 6-foot, 180-pound guard who averaged 10.7 points and 3.2 assists for the Highland Ranch basketball team that reached the Sweet 16 round of the state postseason tournament in 2012-13, Shumpert gave up the sport after his sophomore year.
It turns out concentrating on baseball full-time wasn’t such a bad idea. He has batted .394 with two home runs and five RBI in his first 33 at-bats for the Falcons (4-6) this season.
Ranked as the nation’s No. 4 prospect in the Class of 2015 by Perfect Game USA, Shumpert has also swiped eight bases and scored 12 runs while logging a .512 on-base percentage. He has been selected to the 2014 Under Armour All-American Game at Wrigley Field in August.
Greatness Past: The son of former 14-year big league utility player Terry Shumpert and cousin of Boston Red Sox infield prospect Mookie Betts, he participated in the USA Baseball Tournament of Stars, Area Code Games and Perfect Game Underclass All-American Game this past summer.
Greatness Future: Shumpert has verbally committed to the Wildcats.
Make no mistake: The Gatorade State 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.