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: Jordan Hutchins
School: Dover (Del.)
Position: Shortstop and right-handed pitcher
Weight: 170 pounds
Athletic achievement: He led the Senators to a 15-2 record and a berth in the state tournament, scheduled for May 23. At the time of his selection, Hutchins owned a 7-0 record on the mound, a 0.80 ERA with 53 strikeouts in 44 innings. The 2016 Henlopen Conference Player of the Year, he produced a .525 average and a .746 slugging percentage with the bat while stealing 14 bases in 16 attempts through 17 games.
Academic excellence: Hutchins has maintained a 92.4 average.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of Habitat for Humanity, an assisted living facility and as a peer tutor.
“Jordan Hutchins is a five-tool baseball player who can beat you in many ways,” said Dover head coach David Gordon. “His defense, speed, bat and overall instincts make him the one of the best players on the field all the time. He has been a big part of our success at Dover High School for the last four years and he will go down as one of the best to wear the Senator colors.”
THE FUTURE: Hutchins has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at the University of Delaware this fall.