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: Alex Kirilloff
School: Plum (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Position: Outfielder and left-handed pitcher
Weight: 200 pounds
Athletic achievement: He led the Mustangs to a 21-0 record and the WPIAL Class AAAA semifinals, scheduled for May 23. The nation’s No. 3 prep prospect as rated by Perfect Game USA, Kirilloff batted .539 with three home runs, 30 runs scored and a .638 on-base percentage through 21 games. On the mound, he compiled a 6-0 record and a 0.74 ERA with 60 strikeouts in 38 innings. Kirilloff is the state’s No. 2 recruit as rated by Prep Baseball Report and won the Home Run Challenge at the Perfect Game All-American Classic at Petco Park in San Diego last summer.
Academic excellence: Kirilloff has maintained a 3.45 GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society, he has volunteered locally as a youth baseball coach.
“Alex Kirilloff’s batting practice before our game was the most impressive BP I have ever seen from a high school kid,” said Mike Liebdzinski, head coach at Norwin High. “The raw power was tremendous. During the game, he demonstrated excellent speed with an infield single and showed off a strong throwing arm as well. He clearly has all the tools.”
THE FUTURE: Kirilloff has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at Virginia’s Liberty University this fall, but is projected as an early round selection in June’s Major League Baseball draft.