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: Paul Tillotson
School: Lewis-Palmer (Monument, Colo.)
Position: Right-handed pitcher and outfielder
Weight: 205 pounds
Athletic achievement: He compiled an 8-1 record with a 1.02 ERA and 86 strikeouts in 55 innings pitched this past season, leading the Rangers (15-6) to the Class 4A district finals. Tillotson batted .562 with four home runs, 19 runs scored and 40 RBI. The Denver Post’s returning Class 4A Player of the Year, he worked 16 walks and belted 19 extra-base hits, recording a .678 on-base percentage and 1.058 slugging percentage.
Academic excellence: Tillotson has maintained a 3.46 weighted GPA.
Exemplary character: In addition to donating his time as a member of Lewis-Palmer’s spirit club, he has volunteered locally on behalf of Children’s Hospital Colorado and as part of food drives to benefit residents displaced by the Waldo Canyon fire.
“I’m in my 22nd year coaching varsity baseball, and this kind of kid doesn’t come around very often,” said Mark Swope, head coach at rival Cheyenne Mountain High. “He’s one of the most dominant pitchers I’ve seen in a long time, and you don’t want to pitch to him on the offensive side, either, as he’s without question the best hitter in our league.”
THE FUTURE: Tillotson has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at the University of Nebraska this fall.