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: Josh Lowe
School: Pope (Marietta, Ga.)
Position: Third baseman and right-handed pitcher
Weight: 200 pounds
Athletic achievement: He batted .391 with 11 home runs and 39 RBI, leading the Greyhounds (27-7) to the Class AAAAAA state final this past season. A USA TODAY American Family Insurance All-USA Preseason selection, Lowe also registered six saves on the mound while striking out 33 batters in 22 innings. He is ranked No. 4 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: Lowe has maintained a 3.12 weighted GPA.
Exemplary character: A devoted parishioner in his church community, he has volunteered locally on behalf of Young Life Christian ministries.
“Josh Lowe is a dynamic player,” said Jason McDaniel, head coach at Cherokee High. “He is an outstanding hitter who plays a flawless third base and will take the mound and shut down his opponents. Over the past two years, he has been one of the most exceptional players in our region, which is arguably one of the toughest regions in the state of Georgia, as well as the nation.”
THE FUTURE: Lowe has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at Florida State University this fall, but is projected as an early round selection in June’s Major League Baseball draft.