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: Khalil Lee
School: Flint Hill School (Oakton, Va.)
Position: Left-handed pitcher and outfielder
Weight: 185 pounds
Athletic achievement: He was 7-0 with two saves and a 0.33 ERA on the mound this past season, leading the Huskies (20-5) to the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division I state tournament semifinals. Lee allowed just 17 hits and three walks with striking out 87 batters in 43 innings pitched, holding opponents to a .116 batting average. At the plate, the Rawlings-Perfect Game and Louisville Slugger preseason All-American hit .471 with six home runs, 37 runs scored, 23 RBI, a .634 on-base percentage and a .941 slugging percentage.
Academic excellence: Lee has maintained a 3.13 GPA.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally as a teacher’s aide at a pair of elementary schools and as a baseball coach for children with disabilities.
“We have faced a number of top-rated pitchers this season and Khalil Lee was the best by far,” said Tony Szymendera, head coach of St. Christopher’s School. “What I saw was a guy with excellent velocity who wasn’t a max-effort guy. If a hitter fouled a few off, he could find a few more miles per hour to throw it by a guy. That’s impressive for a high school kid.”
THE FUTURE: Lee has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on an athletic scholarship at Liberty University beginning this fall.