From many, there will be one. And while there’s still no guarantee contending athletes will win their own state at this point in the season, a number of elite performers are making a case for Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year consideration. Here’s the scoop on the latest top candidate.
Flint Hill School (Oakton, Va.)
Greatness Present: Earlier this spring, (Washington D.C.) Sidwell Friends baseball coach John Simon was talking about Khalil Lee and the Quakers’ regular-season finale against Flint Hill School. “Hopefully,” Simon said, “he won’t be on the mound.” Sorry, Coach.
Lee capped a remarkable regular season against Sidwell Friends on May 13, firing a five-inning perfect game with 13 strikeouts in an 11-0 victory.
The left-handed Lee, who can top 90 with his fastball, is 6-0 on the mound with two saves and a 0.21 ERA. In 33.1 innings pitched, he has allowed 15 hits and two walks while striking out 67. At the plate for the Huskies (19-3), the 6-foot, 185-pounder was batting .484 with six home runs, 37 runs, 22 RBIs, a .626 on-base percentage and a .984 slugging percentage.
Greatness Past: Lee helped the Evoshield Canes win the World Wood Bat Association World Championship last October in Florida, earning him preseason All-American honors from Perfect Game and Louisville Slugger.
Greatness Future: A possible early-round pick in Major League Baseball’s 2016 First-Year Player Draft on June 9 (as a pitcher or center fielder), Lee has signed a scholarship to attend Liberty University beginning in the fall.
Make no mistake: The Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year races aren’t over for winter and spring states, and the National POY race is now heating up. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Check back for updates on the top contenders making a case.