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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THE WINNER: Charlie Donovan
School: Westmont (Ill.)
Weight: 180 pounds
Athletic achievement: He had led the Sentinels to a 27-8 record and a berth in the regional playoffs at the time of his selection. Donovan owned a .524 batting average with six home runs and 32 RBI through 35 games. He also scored 60 runs, stole 39 bases and posted a .952 slugging percentage. A two-time All-State honoree and the Interstate Eight Player of the Year, Donovan was a MaxPreps Small School All-American, a Perfect Game First Team Preseason All-Region selection, and a member of USA TODAY’s American Family Insurance ALL-USA Illinois First Team.
Academic excellence: Donovan has maintained a 4.36 GPA.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of a homeless shelter and youth sports programs.
“He’s so good, and he does everything the right way,” said Pete Meyer, head coach at Lisle. “He has great knowledge of the strike zone, he can hit for power, can hit the gaps, lay down a bunt. He’s got a gun for an arm, and he’s probably the fastest kid I’ve ever coached against.”
THE FUTURE: Donovan has signed with Michigan.