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: Riley Pint
School: Saint Thomas Aquinas (Overland Park, Kan.)
Position: Right-handed pitcher and infielder
Weight: 220 pounds
Athletic achievement: He led the Saints (18-4) to the Class 5A state tournament, scheduled to begin May 26. At the time of his selection, Pint owned a 6-1 record and a 0.50 ER, recording 75 strikeouts in 42 innings-pitched through 22 games. The state’s returning Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year, he also compiled a .591 batting average and a .658 on-base percentage, knocking in 39 runs. He is ranked the nation’s No. 2 recruit 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: Pint has maintained a 3.37 GPA.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally at a homeless shelter and as a youth baseball coach in addition to donating his time on behalf of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.
“Riley Pint is the best high school player I have ever coached or played against,” said Heath Lay, head coach at Oak Grove High. “His fundamentals in the field are picture perfect and he was flat raking it at the plate. We consistently watched him throw 95-97 miles per hour and even saw him touch 100 mph. He is a player who stands out above all others even when there is great talent on the field from other teams.”
THE FUTURE: Pint has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at Louisiana State University this fall, but is projected as an early round selection in June’s Major League Baseball draft.