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: Jimmy Titus
School: East Catholic (Manchester, Conn.)
Weight: 195 pounds
Athletic achievement: He had led the Eagles to a 14-3 record at the time of his selection. The state’s returning Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year, Titus owned a .648 batting average with six home runs, 27 RBI and a 1.185 slugging percentage through 17 games. The Hartford Courant Player of the Year as a junior, he was also a Rawlings/Perfect Game First Team Preseason All-American and was named to the USA TODAY’s American Family Insurance ALL-USA Connecticut First Team.
Academic excellence: Titus has maintained a 3.92 GPA.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally coaching youth baseball players and assisting the disabled with MARC, Inc. of Manchester.
“Titus is a man among boys as a hitter,” said Matt Rondinone, head coach at East Hartford High. “He’s also a great leader and he plays the game the right way. He’s the best player on the field every game he plays.”
THE FUTURE: Titus has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at Bryant University this fall.