2017 PBR State Player of the Year Awards Announced

The 2017 spring high school season produced a number of dazzling individual performances across all corners of the country, but 33 athletes in the Prep Baseball Report demographic stood above the rest.  

The Prep Baseball Report boots-on-the-ground staff is constantly at the field scouting and reporting on high school games throughout the spring, and have identified the athletes who have performed at the highest level within their respective state.  

The 2017 Prep Baseball Report State Player of the Year awards include 15 Major League Baseball Draft picks, including the No. 3 overall pick in the draft, Mackenzie Gore from North Carolina.  

The players listed below have stood out against their in-state peers and have been awarded the Prep Baseball Report Player of the Year at the state level. It is important to note that the State Player of the Year honors only the states that our boots-on-the-ground scouting staff are currently in.

A look at the Prep Baseball Report State Players of the Year:     

Name State School Class Pos Commitment
Paxton Wallace AR Greenbrier 2017 3B Wichita State
Cole Winn CO Silver Creek 2018 RHP Mississippi State
Benjamin Casparius CT Staples 2017 RHP North Carolina
Logan Allen FL University 2017 LHP Florida International
John Swanda IA Des Moines Roosevelt 2017 RHP Nebraska
Cole Kmet IL St. Viator 2017 LHP Notre Dame
Drey Jameson IN Greenfield Central 2017 RHP Ball State
Luke Anderson KS Shawnee Mission East 2017 SS Missouri
Jordon Adell KY Ballard 2017 OF Louisville
Jacob Pearson LA West Monroe 2017 OF Louisiana State
Matt Tabor MA Milton Academy 2017 RHP Elon
Harold Cortijo MD Riverdale Baptist 2017 RHP Seminole State JC (FL)
Jared Brooks ME Cheverus 2017 1B Stonehill College
Sam Weatherly MI Howell 2017 LHP Clemson
Sam Carlson MN Burnsville 2017 RHP Florida
Jackson Rutledge MO Rockwood Summit 2017 RHP Arkansas
JT Ginn MS Brandon 2018 RHP Mississippi State
MacKenzie Gore NC Whiteville 2017 LHP East Carolina
Kyle Perry NE Millard South 2018 LHP Nebraska
Brennen Oxford NH Oyster River 2018 OF Wake Forest
Harry Rutkowski NJ Woodbridge 2017 LHP Rutgers
Brian Morrell NY Shoreham-Wading River 2017 RHP Notre Dame
Kyle Nicolas OH Jackson 2017 RHP Ball State
Jake Taylor OK Shawnee 2017 C Oklahoma State
Landon Leach ON Pickering 2017 RHP Texas
Joe Lancellotti PA William Penn Charter 2017 RHP North Carolina
Brandon Taylor RI La Salle Academy 2017 SS Monmouth
Ryan Weathers TN Loretto 2018 LHP Vanderbilt
Alex Scherff TX Colleyville Heritage 2017 RHP Texas A&M
Andrew Abbott VA Halifax County 2017 LHP Virginia
Jordan Allard VT Hartford 2017 RHP Southern New Hampshire
Ryan Hoerter WI Indian Trail 2017 RHP Auburn
Drew Hefner WV Bridgeport 2017 C Charleston (WV)


Player of the Year nominations are provided by high school coaches across the state. Player of the Year criteria includes, but not limited to, on-field production and positive character qualities that represent the state.

Prep Baseball Report will announce an overall PBR Player of the Year award on June 22, in which time the Prep Baseball Report staff will choose one player who shined brighter than the rest.

The Prep Baseball Report is the No. 1 resource for high school baseball in each state we cover through our boots-on-the-ground scouting staff, variety of events, daily coverage and multimedia platforms. Our platforms work in tandem, ultimately creating the most powerful source of high school baseball coverage in each state. The Prep Baseball Report scouting staff covers the state at all levels year-round, and is constantly in contact with high school coaches, college coaches and pro scouts.

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