Arkansas Baseball POY: Evan Lee

Arkansas Baseball POY: Evan Lee

Gatorade State Player of the Year

Arkansas Baseball POY: Evan Lee

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The Gatorade State Baseball Players of the Year were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2015-16 season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.

For a list of the other Gatorade State Baseball Players of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Evan Lee

THE BASICS

School: Bryant (Ark.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Left-handed pitcher and outfielder
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 190 pounds

Athletic achievement: He led the Hornets (30-2) to the Class 7A state championship this past season. Ranked as the state’s No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2016 by Prep Baseball Report, Lee posted a 9-0 record on the mound with a 0.54 ERA and 80 strikeouts in 52 innings. A 2015 First Team All-State selection and the 2016 Class 7A state tournament MVP, he produced a .462 batting average with three home runs and 31 RBI this spring.

Academic excellence: Lee has maintained a 4.07 GPA.

Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society, he has volunteered locally on behalf of an elementary school literacy-outreach program, a community cleanup initiative and in association with his church youth group.

THE PRAISE

“Evan Lee displayed great mound presence and body language and is a great team player,” said Alan Hardcastle, head coach at Siloam Springs. “He is by far the best pitcher we have faced this year.”

THE FUTURE: Lee has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at University of Arkansas this fall.

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