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: Cole Stobbe
School: Millard West (Omaha, Neb.)
Weight: 200 pounds
He led the Wildcats to a 28-6 record and the Class A state final this past season. The state’s returning Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year, Stobbe batted .437 with 14 home runs, 43 RBI, 51 runs scored and a .990 slugging percentage. A First Team Super-State and All-Nebraska selection as a junior, he was a member of the USA Baseball 18U National Team. Also a Rawlings/Perfect Game First Team Preseason All-American, Stobbe was named to the USA TODAY’s American Family Insurance ALL-USA Nebraska First Team.
Academic excellence: Stobbe has maintained a 3.46 GPA.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of the Salvation Army, the American Cancer Society and youth baseball programs.
“I haven’t seen another player change the complexion of the game the way that Stobbe can,” said Jason Shockey, head coach at Bellevue West High. “He’s an unbelievable shortstop who covers a ton of ground and has very good arm strength. He’s always been an extremely tough out, but this year he added much more power to his game.”
THE FUTURE: Stobbe has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at the University of Arkansas this fall, but is projected as an early round selection in June’s Major League Baseball draft.