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THE WINNER: Colton Shaver
School: Jordan (Sandy, Utah)
Weight: 220 pounds
Athletic achievement: He led the Beetdiggers (24-5) to the Class 5A state championship this past season. A 2013 First Team All-State selection, Shaver batted .500 with 12 home runs, 39 RBI, 26 extra-base hits and a 1.095 slugging percentage. On the mound, he posted a 6-0 record with a 1.02 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 55 innings pitched.
Academic excellence: Shaver has maintained a 3.52 GPA.
Exemplary character: A devoted member of his parish community, he has volunteered locally on behalf of his church youth group and as a youth baseball coach.
“Colton Shaver is just so well-disciplined and he brings a lot of composure and good leadership to the field,” said Jordan head coach Chad Fife. “His pitch recognition is unbelievable. He hits an off-speed pitch better than he hits a fastball, which will help him at the next level when he moves on. His work ethic is untouchable.”
THE FUTURE: Shaver has signed with BYU.