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: Parker Price
School: Timberline (Boise, Idaho)
Weight: 175 pounds
Athletic achievement: He batted .539 with 36 RBI and 17 extra-base hits, leading the Wolves (26-4) and the first round of the Class 5A state tournament this past season. The state’s returning Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year, Price was named the 2016 Southern Idaho Conference Player of the Year after a regular season in which he ripped 13 doubles, stole 27 bases and struck out just three times in 107 plate appearances.
Academic excellence: Price has maintained a 3.91 GPA.
Exemplary character: A devoted member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, he has volunteered locally on behalf of multiple school fundraisers and as a youth baseball coach.
“Parker Price is the best player in our area,” said Justin Schneidt, head coach at Vallivue High. “He brings so many intangibles that you cannot teach. He has a baseball intelligence that is off the chart and is always playing the game multiple plays ahead. He truly is one of the finest competitors that I have ever coached against.”
THE FUTURE: Price has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at Gonzaga University this fall.