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: Nick Quintana
School: Arbor View (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Weight: 185 pounds
Athletic achievement: He batted .438 with 15 home runs and 58 RBI, leading the Aggies (15-15) to the first round of the Division I regional tournament this past season. The nation’s No. 25 prep prospect as rated by Perfect Game USA, Quintana also produced a slugging percentage of 1.112. He was a member of the USA Baseball 18U National team that won the 2015 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Japan last September, and he played in the Perfect Game All-American Classic at Petco Park in San Diego last summer.
Academic excellence: Quintana has maintained a weighted 3.67 GPA.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of the Student Athlete Community Service Network, a food bank and has also served as a contributing writer for his school newspaper.
“Nick Quintana is a coach’s dream,” said Arbor View head coach Gary White. “He does everything that I ask of him and he’s just fun to be around. He is a special talent and he’s in a class by himself.”
THE FUTURE: Quintana has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at the University of Arizona this fall, but is projected as an early round selection in June’s Major League Baseball draft.