The Gatorade State Baseball Players of the Year were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2014-15 season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.
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School: Saint Thomas Aquinas (Overland Park, Kan.)
Weight: 195 pounds
Athletic achievement: He posted a 5-2 record a 2.20 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 35 innings, leading the Saints (19-3) to the Class 5A regional this past season. A 2014 First Team All-State selection, Pint also produced a .362 average, including a home run and 15 RBI with the bat. He is a 2015 Under Armour All-American and is the No.1 prep prospect in the nation in the Class of 2016 as rated by Perfect Game USA.
Academic excellence: Pint has maintained a 3.34 GPA.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally as a peer mentor, on behalf of the Kansas City Rescue Mission and helped found his family’s non-profit organization called “Our Birthday Club,” through which he and his sister contribute gifts and donations to charity in lieu of their own birthday gifts.
“Without a doubt, Riley Pint is the most impressive young pitcher we have faced in a while,” said Brendan McGinnis, head coach at Branson. “We are blessed to have had the opportunity to face some of the best arms this region has produced over the past few years and he tops them all. His natural ability is obvious, but his mound presence and athletic ability to field his position is equally impressive.”
THE FUTURE: Pint has verbally committed to LSU.