Wednesday, May 30, 2012

NW Cabarrus' Corey Seager named NC Gatorade baseball player of the year

From Gatorade media release

CHICAGO (May 30, 2012) — In its 27th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with ESPNHS, today announced Corey Seager of Northwest Cabarrus High School as its 2011-12 Gatorade North Carolina Baseball Player of the Year.
Seager is the first Gatorade North Carolina Baseball Player of the Year to be chosen from Northwest Cabarrus High School.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Seager as North Carolina’s best high school baseball player.  Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year award announced in May, Seager joins an elite alumni association of past state baseball award winners, including Derek Jeter (1991-92, Kalamazoo HS, Mich.), Roy Halladay (1994-95, Arvada West HS, Colo.), David Price (2003-04, Blackman HS, Tenn.), Chipper Jones (1989-90, Bolles School, Fla.), Derek Lee (1992-93, El Camino HS, Calif.) and John Lester (2001-02, Bellarmine Prep, Wash.).

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound senior shortstop batted .519 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI this past season, leading the Trojans (23-5) to the second round of the Class 3A state tournament. A returning All-American as named by Perfect Game USA, Louisville Slugger and Collegiate Baseball,
Seager stole 13 bases while producing a 1.062 slugging percentage and .664 on-base percentage. In nine games for the 2010 USA Baseball 16-and-Under National Team, he batted .514 with a home run and 12 RBI, earning All-Tournament honors in leading his countrymen to a gold
medal at the Pan-American Games.

Seager has maintained a 4.05 weighted GPA in the classroom. A member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Future Farmers of America, the National Beta Club and the Athletes Who Share Unselfish Moments (AWSUM) Club, he has donated his time locally as a youth baseball
instructor, on behalf of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and as a motivational speaker at a children’s hospital.

“He’s one of the greatest players—if not the best—to ever come out of this county,” said Derek Shoe, head coach at rival Concord High. “With that title, he wasn’t pitched to very often, but he never showed any frustration. He’s just an all-around great kid and one that we all wish we had on our team. From the outside, it looked like he was not only their best player, but also their best person.”

Seager has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at the University of South Carolina this fall, but is projected as an early round selection in next month’s Major League
Baseball First-Year Player Draft.