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: Chris Machamer
School: Washington (Massillon, Ohio)
Position: Right-handed pitcher and designated hitter
Weight: 205 pounds
Athletic achievement: He posted a 5-1 record on the mound this past season with a 0.19 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 36.1 innings pitched, leading the Tigers (17-7) to the first round of the Division I district tournament. The state’s No. 2 ranked prospect as rated by Prep Baseball Report, Machamer also batted .523 with a .644 on-base percentage and 30 runs scored.
Academic excellence: Machamer has maintained a 3.13 GPA.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally as a Sunday school teacher in addition to donating his time as a mentor for students with special needs. He has also helped make blankets for a hospital in El Salvador.
“Chris Machamer is the best pitcher I’ve seen in Northeast Ohio in quite some time,” said Zak Zelmer, head coach at Canton McKinley High. “The word I’ve used with him on the mound is ‘automatic.’ I was very surprised with how well-rounded the other parts of his game were also. He is also one of the top middle-of-the-order hitters we have seen all year.”
THE FUTURE: Machamer has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at the University of Kentucky this fall.