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: T.J. Collett
School: Terre Haute North Vigo (Terre Haute, Ind.)
Position: Catcher and first baseman
Weight: 225 pounds
Athletic achievement: He led the Patriots (11-10) to the Class 4A sectional tournament, scheduled to begin May 25. At the time of his selection, Collett produced a .426 batting average and a .777 slugging percentage through 21 games. The state’s No. 2 ranked player in the Class of 2016 by Prep Baseball Report and a participant in the 2015 Perfect Game All-American Classic at Petco Park in San Diego, he has knocked in 13 runs and reached base more than 60 percent of the time this spring.
Academic excellence: Collett has maintained a 3.83 GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of the Key Club, the Link Crew and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, he has volunteered locally on behalf of the Jesse Rees Foundation and his church youth group.
“T.J. Collett is a very talented young man and competitor,” said Nick Bayal, head coach at Homestead High. “You could tell he was a special and confident player. Behind the plate he was very polished and did a fantastic job controlling the game, receiving and blocking. When we played against him, he was a respectful young man and competitor.”
THE FUTURE: Collett has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at the University of Kentucky this fall, but is projected as an early round selection in June’s Major League Baseball draft.