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.
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THE WINNER: Mickey Moniak
School: La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad, Calif.)
Weight: 180 pounds
Athletic achievement: He led the Mavericks to a 23-5 record and a berth in the CIF San Diego Section Open Division Tournament, scheduled for May 27. At the time of his selection, Moniak was batting .471 with six home runs, 12 triples, 44 RBI and a .921 slugging percentage. A USA TODAY American Family Insurance ALL-USA Preseason selection, he is ranked No. 6 in the nation in the Class of 2016 by Perfect Game USA and participated in the Perfect Game All-American Classic at Petco Park in San Diego last summer.
Academic excellence: Moniak has maintained a 3.03 GPA.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally as a peer mentor and as a youth baseball coach.
“Mickey Moniak stands out as a very special player,” said Bill Dillon, head coach at Narbonne High. “He is as good as we have seen this season. “He plays the game the right way. We knew before the game began who he was and he lived up to the hype. He is extremely athletic, has a plus arm with tremendous speed, had great reads in the outfield and is the best hitter that we have faced this year.”
THE FUTURE: Moniak has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at UCLA this fall, but is projected as an early round selection in June’s Major League Baseball draft.