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.
For a list of the other Gatorade State Baseball Players of the Year winners, click here.
THE WINNER: Nathaniel Garley
School: Eldorado (Albuquerque, N.M.)
Position: Third baseman and right-handed pitcher
Weight: 205 pounds
Athletic achievement: He batted .500 with eight home runs and 30 RBI, leading the Eagles (18-8) to the Class 6A quarterfinals this past season. A 2015 First Team All-State selection, Garley compiled a 7-1 record on the mound along with a 1.45 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 58 innings pitched.
Academic excellence: Garley has maintained a 3.83 GPA.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of the Young Life Christian ministries and as a youth baseball coach.
“Nathaniel Garley truly fits the mold of a student-athlete,” said Eldorado head coach Jim Johns. “He is truly a breath of fresh air in a society that values athletic success, but seems to accept unsportsmanlike conduct as a byproduct. He has respect for everyone involved in the game and he has fun playing it.”
THE FUTURE: Garley has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship the University of New Mexico this fall.