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: Kyle Muller
School: Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas (Texas)
Position: Left-handed pitcher and outfielder
Weight: 245 pounds
Athletic achievement: He has led the Rangers to a 31-7-2 record and the Class 6A regional semifinals, scheduled for May 26. At the time of his selection, Muller had posted an 8-1 record on the mound with a 0.49 ERA and 140 strikeouts in 74 innings. Offensively, he’s compiled a .392 average with 15 home runs and 52 RBI through 40 games. A 2015 Under Armour All-American, he set a national high school record by striking out 33 consecutive hitters earlier this season.
Academic excellence: Muller has maintained an 86.4 average.
Exemplary character: A member of his school’s Big Brother program, he has volunteered locally as part of an elementary school literacy-outreach initiative and participated in a school-sponsored, community-building service mission.
“Kyle Muller is one of the best competitors that I’ve ever come across in my nine years of coaching,” said Allen Somwang, head coach at Nimitz High. “The guy is a machine on the mound and you can tell that his presence makes his whole team better.”
THE FUTURE: Muller has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at the University of Texas this fall, but is projected as an early round selection in June’s Major League Baseball draft.