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: Luca Dalatri
School: Christian Brothers Academy (Lincroft, N.J.)
Position: Right-handed pitcher and first baseman
Weight: 255 pounds
Athletic achievement: The state’s returning Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year, Dalatri led the Colts to a 17-7 record and a berth in the South Jersey, Non-Public A tournament, scheduled to begin May 26. Also the 2015 NJ.com Baseball Player of the Year, he owned a 6-0 record with a 0.17 ERA and 81 strikeouts against just two walks in 41 innings pitched through 24 games. He batted .351 with eight doubles and 12 RBI.
Academic excellence: Dalatri has maintained a B average.
Exemplary character: In addition to donating his time as a youth baseball instructor, he has volunteered locally at a soup kitchen, as part of Hurricane Sandy relief efforts and on behalf of the Best Day Foundation for children with special needs.
“He is a great pitcher and hitter,” said Justin Nathanson, head coach at rival Middletown North High. “He has not lost any ground from last year. If anything, he’s gained ground. He’s not just a guy that throws hard, but a very good pitcher, as he knows what he’s doing in all aspects of them game.”
THE FUTURE: Dalatri has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at the University of North Carolina this fall, but is projected as an early round selection in June’s Major League Baseball draft.