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: Daniel Bakst
School: Poly Prep Country Day (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Position: Shortstop and third baseman
Weight: 185 pounds
Athletic achievement: He had led the Blue Devils to a 21-5 record at the time of his selection. Bakst owned a .447 batting average with 32 RBI, 33 runs scored and a .569 on-base percentage through 26 games. A member of the USA Baseball 18U National Team, he was an All-Conference and All-City selection as a junior and was a Rawlings/Perfect Game Second Team Preseason All-American.
Academic excellence: Bakst has maintained an A average.
Exemplary character: He has served as a mentor for younger athletes and has volunteered locally on behalf of the Harlem Baseball Hitting Academy and God’s Love We Deliver, which provides meals for the needy.
“Bakst is a fantastic baseball player,” said Doug McDonald, head coach at Riverside Country School. “He’s a good infielder with an above average arm, great range and a very good bat. He’s hit in the middle of that lineup since he was a freshman and he carries himself with confidence on the field.”
THE FUTURE: Bakst has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at Stanford University this fall.