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: Payton Henry
School: Pleasant Grove (Utah)
Position: Catcher and right-handed pitcher
Weight: 215 pounds
Athletic achievement: He batted .519 with seven home runs, 31 RBI and a 1.038 slugging percentage, leading the Vikings (16-10) to the first round of the Class 5A state tournament this past season. The state’s returning Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year, Henry also posted a 2-0 record on the mound with a 2.91 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 21.2 innings pitched.
Academic excellence: Henry has maintained a 3.88 GPA.
Exemplary character: A devoted member of his church parish community, he has volunteered locally on behalf of a homeless shelter and in association with the educational learning program Especially For Athletes.
“Payton Henry is the real deal,” said Ray Clinton, head coach at Stansbury High. “He hit the ball hard every time up at the plate. He has a strong arm and received the ball well from behind the dish.”
THE FUTURE: Henry has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at Brigham Young University this fall.