New York Baseball POY: Daniel Bakst

New York Baseball POY: Daniel Bakst

Gatorade State Player of the Year

New York Baseball POY: Daniel Bakst

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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: Daniel Bakst

THE BASICS

School: Poly Prep Country Day (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Shortstop and third baseman
Height: 6-foot-2
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.

THE PRAISE

“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.

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